|This Balloon Is About to Go Up|
1. Balloon's Gone Up
The beginning of just about any enterprise. Originally referring to an observation balloon sent aloft to direct gunners' artillery fire just prior to commencement.
In top form. By 1916 the British War Office had created an ABC system of classification for the Department of Recruiting. Each category was then graded on a scale of 1 to 3. A-1 men were fit for general service overseas.
Slang for stopping, failing, passing out or dying. Originated in the American Air Service, "conk" being the last sound a reciprocating engine makes just before it ceases operating.
Conversing in an informal manner. Lice were known as "chats" in WWI. Soldiers forced to spend many an hour removing them from the seams of their clothing passed the time in casual discussions with their mates. They said they were "chatting."
Synonymous with "lousy". A reference to the eggs of the lice being like crumbs of bread.
Slang for nice, or comfortable, from Urdu kushi for pleasure. One of many Anglo-Indian Army words popularized in WWI.
7. D-Day (and H-Hour)
First used 12 September 1918 by the U.S. First Army for the opening of the St. Mihiel Offensive.
8. In a Funk
Dejected mood; to shrink from. Funk holes were excavated storage openings on the walls of trenches where soldiers could retire when not on duty.
9. Gone West
To die; fail; decline. Go west towards the setting sun or Blighty.
A near full-sized, non-working model of a new design. Derived from practices in World War I's bustling aircraft industries.
11. Trench: Coat, Fever, Foot, Mouth, etc.
No explanation should be needed for our regular readers.