Few believed anything terrible would happen to them (it was always ‘the other bloke’), and they masked their nervousness by sharing their hardships and fears with close chums.
Indeed, having interviewed many veterans over the years, the overwhelming impression was that they looked back on their service in the First World War with a mixture of nostalgia and affection, tinged with sadness at the loss of friends.
Some of the acronyms are also used as a print on t-shirts, on signs or in regular writing.
It's sometimes even used in official documents, financial documents and other docs.
v snog; French kiss: I could swear I saw Ian’s dad copping off with some woman at the cinema the other day.
In fact, day-to-day life was, as one veteran told me, “90 per cent sheer boredom and 10 per cent fear, but when we were frightened, we were very frightened, though you tried not to show it”.
Of course there was death and destruction – there always is in war – but these men were young, energetic and above all, optimistic.
, Pegler reveals how common words and phrases such as ‘bumf’ and ‘having a chat’ originated in the trenches.
Drawing on his interviews with a number of First World War veterans conducted in the 1980s, he recalls how the men were overwhelmingly positive about their experiences – they made friends for life, and the camaraderie they shared was something that many never experienced again.
Communication about sex, intimacy, and love does not only happen (nor is it necessarily most convincing) during focused chats with our children when we advocate our opinions and values.