CIVIL WAR SLANG

1. CHIEF COOK AND BOTTLE WASHER--person able to do many things

2. SHEET IRON CRACKERS--hardtack

3. SARDINE BOX--cap box

4. BREAD BASKET--stomach

5. GREENBACKS--money

6. GRAYBACKS--lice or Southern Soldiers

7. ARKANSAS TOOTHPICK--a large knife

8. PEPPERBOX--pistol

9. FIT TO BE TIED--angry

10. HORSE SENSE--on the ball or being smart

11. TOP RAIL #1--first class

12. HUNKEY DOREY--great!, fabulous!

13. GREENHORN, BUGGER, SKUNK--officers

14. SNUG AS A BUG--cozy or comfortable

15. SAWBONES--surgeons

16. SKEDADDLE--scatter or run

17. HORNETS--bullets

18. BULLY--yeah! hurrah!

19. POSSUM--a pal, friend, or buddy

20. FIT AS A FIDDLE--healthy or in great shape

21. UPPITY--conceited

22. SCARCE AS HEN S TEETH--rare or scarce

23. GRAB A ROOT--potato or have dinner

24. TIGHT, WALLPAPERED--drunk

25. BARK JUICE, TAR WATER, NOKUM STIFF, JOY JUICE--liquor

26. HARD CASE--tough

27. BLUFF--cheater

28. JAILBIRD--criminal or prisoner

29. HARD KNOCKS--beaten up

30. BEEN THROUGH THE MILL--done a lot

31. QUICK-STEP--diarrhea

32. PLAYED OUT--worn out

33. TOEING THE MARK--doing the job

34. GOOBERS--peanuts

35. SUNDAY SOLDIERS, KID GLOVE BOYS, PARLOR SOLDIERS

--insulting words for soldiers

36. FRESH FISH--raw recruits

37. WHIPPED--beaten

SOURCES: The Life of Johnny Reb by Bell Irwin Wiley

The Life of Billy Yank by Bell Irwin Wiley

Courtesy of U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service


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