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Civil War Slang

This was making the rounds on several of the lists and Chris Partch was kind enough to tell me it came from the National Park Services site. Thanks Chris.

Comment accompanying the e-mail:

What if you could talk to someone who lived at the time of the Civil War? YOU would probably have a hard time understanding some of the things they said. (Perhaps it depends on where you live or where you grew up whether you know what these words/phrases mean, but many of them are still in use today). Let's step back now and hear what they had to say.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

person capable of doing many things.

Sheet Iron Crackers

Hardtack

Sardine Box

cap box

Bread Basket

Stomach

Greenbacks

Money

Graybacks

Southern Soldiers or lice

Arkansas Toothpick

large knife

Pepperbox

Pistol

Zu-Zu: Zuoave

Soldiers

Fit to be tied

Angry

Horse Sense

Smart

Top Rail

#1 or first class

Hunkey Dorey

great!

Greenhorn, Bugger, Skunk

Officers

Snug as a bug

comfortable, cozy

Sawbones

Surgeon

Skedaddle

run, scatter

Hornets

Bullets

Bully

hurrah! or yeah!

Possum

a buddy or pal

Blowhard

big shot

Fit as a fiddle

in good shape, healthy

Uppity

Conceited

Scarce as hen's teeth

rare or scarce

Grab a root

have dinner or potato

Tight, Wallpapered

Drunk

Bark Juice, Tar Water, Nokum Stiff or Joy juice

Liquor

Hard Case

Tough

Bluff

Cheater

Jailbird

Criminal

Hard Knocks

beaten up

Been through the mill

done a lot

Quick-step

Diarrhea

Played Out

worn out or tired

Toeing the mark

doing the job

Jonah

bad luck

Goobers

Peanuts

Sunday Soldiers, Kid glove boys, Parlor Soldiers

insulting words to a Soldier

Fresh Fish

raw recruits

Whipped

beaten

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