The Things They Carried Glossary
by Tim O'Brien
Glossary of Terms
AWOLMissing, cause unknown. This is an army abbreviation for "absent without leave."
carcassdead body, usually of an animal
chopperslang for helicopter
coozederogatory slang for a woman
culottesa skirt with shorts underneath
detonatorthe part of a hand grenade you pull out to make it explode
echelonlevel (of power), also refers to an infantryman's position on the ground
egg onto encourage
ferociousmenacing, dangerously energetic
flak jacketa piece of outwear worn to protect from shrapnel
foxholeholes soldiers dig to hid from enemy fire
derogatory slang for an Asian person
Green Beretsspecial US Army forces
hand grenadea hand-held explosive device
happening truththe truth of something as it happened in reality
happening-truththe truth of something as it happened in reality
hootchslang for whiskey; also slang for soldiers' encampments
jointcigarette rolled with marijuana
Kool-Aida packaged powdered beverage
landminesexplosive devices buried in the ground
lingoslang associated with a particular group
mellowrelaxed, a term associated with the 60s drug culture
mermitecheap aluminium material used for making cans
paddya rice field
pussyvulgar slang meaning coward
scrambler radioa device used to jam the radio broadcasts of the enemy
story-truththe truth of something as it is told in fiction
synthesizermusical instrument, similar to an electric piano keyboard
tackle boxfisherman's box containing bait, tackle, other tools
to humparmy term for to carry something
to trashslang for to kill
toy, but also slang for person, guy
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