Triangle man — A YMCA worker. One of the kinder euphemisms
the doughboys had for the YMCA, an organizations that the doughboy did
not hold in high regards.
He's Jake with me — A right guy, or someone you can depend on.
"That Travis Haymaker, he's Jake -with me. "
To the mustard — Also someone you can depend on or something
that is acceptable. "Tim Carr is to the mustard. "
On the square — Someone you can depend on, or honest "Mickey
is a squad leader who is on the square!" "Sure we had some bad numbers
— you always do — but by and large we were on the square. "
Sam Browne — Enlisted slang for officers for the Sam Browne
belts they wore.
Raising the old Harry — Causing trouble or raising a ruckus.
"That Poncho Villa was raising the ol' Harry down on the border. "
But it was no soap — An event or a plan that didn't happen
or take shape. "Some of the boys wanted to get over to Paris, but it
was no soap. "
In the soup — To be in trouble. "It's a good thing the Germans
didn 't hit us or we 'd be in the soup. "
Joe Latrinsky — "Captain of the latrine" it means a rumor. "According
to Joe Latrinsky we are going over the top."
These slang terms were gleaned from the book "Make
the Kaiser Dance; The American Experience in World War I " By Henry
Berry. Berry's book is a collection of interview's made with AEF veterans
in the mid-1970's.
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