The ‘good oil’ on the works of Australians at war can be found in this collection.
Wars have been highly significant in the development of Australian English, generating new words and meanings, and also facilitating the borrowing of words from other Englishes. They have also provided the opportunity for the ordinary voices of Australians to be heard – through diaries, troop publications, letters and newspapers.
Rather than present a collection of military slang or jargon, this dictionary draws together the diverse words produced and used by ordinary Australians at war, with evidence of contemporary usage. The meaning and origins of each word are examined, and detailed quotations from contemporary sources are provided.
The language of Australians at war reveals a great deal about their experiences and understandings of war, and is also an insight into Australian culture and values.