Imperial Guard Argot

The military has always had its own argot (slang). The armies of the far future should be no different. Some of these terms are from the real U.S. Army, others are from G.W.’s fluff, and some are my own invention.

AAAAnti-Aircraft Artillery (see Triple-A)
AFVArmored Fighting Vehicle
Alpha CharlieAss Chewing‘ – A verbal reprimand
AmasecA widely available and highly alcoholic beverage distilled from wine.
Angel250 meters of altitude (Dive to 10 Angels then begin your drop run)
AOArea of Operation
APCArmored Personnel Carrier
APArmor Piercing
APFSDSDUArmor Piercing, Fin Stabilized, Discarding Sabot, Depleted Uranium (pronounced App-Fizz-Due)
AquilaThe Imperial Two-Headed Eagle
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
AugmeticCybernetic/Bionic, usually in the sense of body implants or repairs.
AWOLAway With Out Leave
Baby OgrynCatachan trooper
Barracks GhostA trooper who never leaves the barracks for anything other than duty, drills, or chow and then complains how boring the duty post is.
BBsBatteries and Beans, supplies.
Big DaddyTypically the largest Imperial Navy ship in orbit over a contested world
Big MamaThe dropship that ferried an Imperial Guard unit to the surface (See Mama Bird)
Big VVacuum, Open Space
BirdA flight-capable vehicle, either atmospheric or space-worthy
Bin RatsQuartermaster Corps personnel, notorious for refusing to issue anything (“it’s called stores because we store stuff! If we was meant to issue it, we’d call it issues wouldn’t we?”)
Black Eagle BrotherhoodImperial Guard, especially troopers from regiments other than one’s own.
Black on…Out of some supply or commodity (as in black on promethium)
Bleed OutTo die of blood loss before medical attention can be given.
Blood StripesA promotion received as a result of the death of the person who previously held the position
BlueskinsTau (See Spoonheads)
BluntSanctioned Psyker slang for a non-telepath, a non-combat rating in the Imperial Guard
Bone ‘EadOgryn sergeant that underwent augmentation surgery to improve cognition; also a derogatory description of an inept officer or non-commissioned officer (NCO)
Broken ToysBattlefield hulks, wrecked vehicles
Burn BagA bag used to contain documents to be destroyed; also refers to an inept officer.
Buy the FarmTo die in combat (see Win the Big Prize)
Calling FriendsTo request artillery support
Calling Friends in High PlacesTo request ortillery support
CAPCombat Air Patrol
CasualtyBoth wounded & dead personnel
Catachan LeaveTo go AWOL
Catachan KissA head butt
CATFUCompletely And Totaly Frakked Up
CCPCasualty Collection Point
CFVCavalry Fighting Vehicle
Charlie MikeChaos Marines
Chart Desk/Chart TableA small, portable easel-like device for displaying tactical hololithic maps and three-dimensional terrain models. A chart desk is a heavier and usually non-portable version
CherryNew; can refer to new personnel or new equipment (friendly or enemy)
Chest CandyMedals and other decorations
ChowMilitary Rations
CinCCommander in Chief
COCommanding Officer
CogitatorDevice empowered by the Machine Spirit to perform complex calculations and battlefield metriculations. Also Codifier or Logic Engine
ComicsMaps presented by Guard intelligence. The term is a slight against the accuracy of the maps. It also refers to the brightly colored layouts and symbols usually included.
‘Commissioned By Mom’An incompetent officer of noble origins (by way of explaining how he achieved officer rank)
ComSecCommunications Security (scrambling, channel hopping, limiting signal interception, etc.)
CookerMeltagun or Plasma Gun
CountersepticAntiseptic and analgesic fluid that is used to combat infection.
CPCommand Post
DataslateHandheld device used to store and transfer information, imagery, and orders
DC (Delta Charlie)Damage Control
Dear JohnA term referring to a significant other breaking up with a service member through a letter.
Det-TapeTape peeled off to detonate tube charges (time delay determined by the length of the tape.) Also used as a general-purpose detonator material.
Do a DeucePerform a special operations mission.
‘Do A Yarrick’To take a trophy from a dead enemy.
Dog and Pony ShowA demonstration that takes troopers away from their normal duties intended to impress senior officers or important civilians.
Doormat Missionslang for the duties involved in preparing a landing zone for following forces. The term refers to the mythical last step in this type of mission: “Be sure to put out the doormat.”
DustoffA quick takeoff after landing. Often refers to casualty evacuation flights.
DZDrop Zone
Emperor’s BenedictionA euphemism for a Mercy Killing.
EngineseerA Techpriest of the Adeptus Mechanicus charged with tending the machine spirits of a regiment’s vehicles.
End of DiscussionOften used by colonels or lieutenant colonels when addressing majors, captains, or lieutenants. Simply stated, it means “shut your face, don’t say another word, do it my way, and the door is that way.” Sergeants prefer to use a longer, more colorful version.
EODExplosives Ordnance Disposal
EPWEnemy Prisoner of War
ExpectantA casualty who is expected to die
Farmer ArmorImprovised armored vehicles
Feth(v) to copulate (vulgar, Tanith)
Flak BoardGeneral Purpose Sheet Material for defense and repair. Fitted to the inside walls of defensive positions to prevent spalling material dislodged by weapon impacts from causing injury.
FNGFraking New Guy
FOForward Observer. (Occupies the OP & watches for enemy movement, also directs artillery or ortillery strikes)
Fortress WorldA heavily garrisoned planet and equipped with first-rate defensive equipment like deep meson sites. These worlds can hold off almost any force. (e.g., Cadia)
Found WantingA euphemism for field execution by a Commissar; “He was found wanting at the front line.”
‘Foxed’Destroyed, from call sign ‘November Foxtrot’ or Non-Functional
Frak(v) copulate (vulgar, Valhallan)
Frag(n) Fragmentation grenade; (v) Throw a frag grenade; (v) To kill an unpopular NCO or Officer
FreakAbhuman, sanctioned psyker, or non-human
Freak SquadAbhuman, Sanctioned Psyker or non-human unit (such as Ratling Snipers, Ogryns, or Kroot mercenaries)
FreekFrequency (radio; also, freq)
FUBARFraked Up Beyond All Recognition
FycelinePrincipal chemical ingredient used in the manufacture of standard Imperial Guard explosives.
Gak(n) excrement (vulgar, Valhallan)
Garri-trooperRear echelon or garrison personnel, especially those who try to pass themselves off as something more heroic.
GhostsTroopers from a planet that has been destroyed or lost to Chaos.
GOFOgrasp of the frakking obvious
GreenskinSlang for an Orkoid
Grubby (pl. Grubbies)Low Tech opposition forces
Guard ProofAn overly simple task or way of doing things or sturdy gear. Stems from the stereotype that Imperial Guardsmen are slow-witted or unable to handle complex operations or hard on equipment. Slightly pejorative.
GunA mortar or artillery piece. Never used to describe a pistol or rifle.
Gun BabyWhiteshield, or Conscript.
Gun BunnyFemale Trooper
HALOHigh Altitude, Low Opening (refers to parachuting)
HEHigh Explosive
HEAPHigh Explosive, Anti-Personnel
HEATHigh Explosive, Anti-Tank
Hell WorldA planet lost to the Archenemy (Chaos)
HiveArcology; a city contained in a single structure, some hives host populations in excess of 1 billion souls.
HololithicThree-Dimensional Imagery.
HotAn area experiencing combat
House SpecialsPrivate troops retained by nobles – quality varies from laughable to elite
‘How copy?’Did you receive/understand the transmission? The proper response is, “Good copy.”
IFVInfantry Fighting Vehicle
‘IHTFP’Imperial guardsmen tell their officers this means “I have truly found paradise” – they are lying
Imperial Infantryman’s Uplifting PrimerStandard text manual issued to every Guardsmen, containing proper procedure for everything from marching to bayoneting techniques. Also includes prescribed prayers and hymnals.
ImpNavImperial Navy
‘In Country’The battle zone / Area of Operations in a foreign country / region / world
Ink StickPen
Interior GuardsGeneral Term for internal security forces, a world’s PDF, or a Guard Regiment assigned colonial duties.
Iron RationsEmergency rations used for survival situations
JAFOJoint Arms Forward Observer (or more colorfully – Just Another Fraking Observer)
JuvenatAs in “Juvenat Processes” or “Juvenant Drugs,” Techniques of prolonging youth and virility. Usually, highly expensive and reserved for senior officers or Imperial Nobility.
Kentucky Long RifleAnother name for the LongLas (q.q.v.) derivation is unknown but believed to trace back to Holy Terra.
KIAKilled In Action
Klom (also Klick)Kilometer (1000 standard Imperial meters) (Valhallan)
Lamp PackStandard Guard Issue, compact lamp with internal (limited) power supply, designed to be handheld, or fixed onto a lasgun’s bayonet lugs.
LeftoversAn incomplete squad built from the remnants of squads that have suffered casualties.
LegInfantryman (pejorative nickname given to ground soldiers by Airborne troops)
LEOLow Earth Orbit
Lho SticksAn addictive, mild, narcotic rolled into a compact tube and smoked by guardsmen. Officio Medicae personnel have warned that they may cause respiratory damage.
LonglasAny model lasgun modified or designed for sniper use. (As the name implies, they are usually longer than standard pattern weapons.) Also called Kentucky Long Rifles
Lords of SpaceMarines (derogatory)
LOSLine Of Sight
LPListening Post
LRMLong-Range Missile
LRRPLong Range Recon Patrol
LTCLieutenant Colonel
LZLanding Zone
MagnocularsA powerful optical device for the magnification of distant objects. Can be modified to varying levels of complexity, with range finders, azimuth metriculators, and heat-sensing equipment.
Mama BirdThe dropship that ferried an Imperial Guard unit to the surface (See Big Mama)
MBTMain Battle Tank (typically a Leman Russ or variant)
Meat WagonAn ambulance or any other medical emergency vehicle.
MessMilitary Dining Facility
MIAMissing In Action
Microbead(also Micro bead link, micro bead intercom) small, short-range Vox system for inter-trooper communications in the field. Generally only found on regiments from civilized or industrialized worlds. Usually, a small earplug with a tiny wire mouth stalk.
MIFMechanized Infantry Force
MilIntMilitary Intelligence
Missile MonkeyArtilleryman
MMMini Missile
MREMeal Ready to Eat (Field Rations); pejoratively Meals Rejected by Everyone
MRLMultiple Rocket Launcher
MRMMedium Range Missile
MSGTMaster Sergeant
MultikeyUniversal key/lock pick
MustangA nickname for an officer promoted from the enlisted ranks. Can be respectful when used by enlisted ranks and seasoned officers or pejorative when used by career-oriented and/or snooty academy-trained officers.
NCOAn addictive, mild narcotic rolled into a compact tube and smoked by guardsmen. Officio Medicae personnel have warned that they may cause respiratory damage.
‘Nine Seventies’Imperial Guard issue entrenching tool, derived from its standard Imperial catalog number ‘M-970’
ObscuraAn illegal, highly addictive Narcotic
Old BootsLong service guardsmen
Old ManCommanding Officer – one term of many
One-way TicketAssignation to a grav chute or drop pod landing. “To be given a one-way ticket.”
OPObservation Post (pronounced “Opie”)
OpForOpposing Force
OpSecOperational Security (not giving/making available to the enemy information about your plans, movements, state of repair/supply, etc.)
OrtilleryOrbital Artillery, Orbital Bombardment of a target
Out’All radio transmissions end in “Out” when the sender does not expect a reply from the receiver (never used with ‘over’ as in ‘over and out’ since this would mean ‘I am done talking and await your reply, and I am signing off and will not acknowledge any reply’)
‘Over’All radio transmissions end in “Over” when the sender expects a reply from the receiver. Never used with ‘out’ as in ‘over and out’ since this would mean ‘I am done talking and await your reply, and I am signing off and will not acknowledge any reply.’
PadreChaplain (without regard to religious affiliation)
PDFPlanetary Defense Forces
PFCPrivate First Class (or, Private Frakin’ Civilians)
PictA video feed equivalent of vox.
PlankIdiot; a derogatory term for an Ogryn.
Pop SmokeCall for extraction.
POWPrisoner Of War. (See EPW).
PromethiumA general term for fuel, but commonly used to refer to the highly volatile and incendiary jelly used as fuel in flamer units. Designed to adhere to the target and rapidly immolate them. Promethium reaches extremely high temperatures within seconds of ignition and even burns underwater.
PTPhysical Training, typically 1 Hour or more of mixed workout (running, cardio, strength exercises).
Red TeamA red team is an independent group that challenges an organization to improve its effectiveness; also a body of subject matter experts tasked with researching and suggesting alternative methods regarding a planned course of action.
REMFReserve Echelon Maintenance Forces (or more colorfully – Rear Echelon Mother Frakkers, typically used by combat troops to insultingly refer to supply, maintenance, admin, etc. personnel.)
ResuscitrexOfficio Medicae device incorporating a number of specialized devices, most frequently used to fibrillate patients who have suffered Cardiac Arrest.
Roast WhatsitTerm for unidentifiable meals served in mess halls
Rocket TeamBinomial heavy weapons team armed with a man-portable missile launcher
ROERules Of Engagement
‘Roger’Vox shorthand for “I understand” (Note “Roger” and “Wilco” should never be used together, i.e. “Roger Wilco“)
RPGRocket Propelled Grenade
Ruinous PowersChaos gods
SADSearch And Destroy
SARSearch And Rescue
SavlarA thief or drug addict. From the name of the penal world of Salvar
SAWSquad Assault Weapon
ScrambledInsane, shell shocked.
Scrambled EggsThe embellishments on some officers’ caps.
ScopeGeneral term for powered spotter sights, including the telescopic sights on a longlas, or a handheld “telescope” used by an officer.
Screamer-KillerTyranid “Carnifex” genus.
SEALSea, Ether, Air & Land; type of special forces troops
SFCSergeant First Class
ShellCarapace Armor, also artillery
ShortA trooper nearing the end of his enlistment
SitRepSituation Report
SixBehind you (“Check your Six“)
SkelliesNecrontyr (see Toasters)
SlapDisciplined by a senior officer for minor infractions (possession of unauthorized publications, for instance.)
SmokedDestroyed, also a particularly one-sided engagement as in ‘We smoked the Tau at Gatorsville’
Snake EaterMember of a standing Kill Team
SNAFUSituation Normal, All Frakked Up
SPASelf-propelled artillery as opposed to towed artillery. An artillery gun mounted on a motorized chassis.
Sparks, SparkyAnyone who deals with radios or things electronic.
SpookTyranid “Lictor” Genus
SpoonheadsTau (see Blueskins)
SpyrersUpper-class Hive-worlders
Squared Awaycleaned up; in military shape; ready for inspection.
SRMShort Range Missile
SSGStaff Sergeant
‘Stand By’Wait for instructions/approval.
‘Stand Ready’Get prepared for action.
‘Stand To’Proceed to action/battle stations & be ready to take action if warranted by the situation.
Super Wammy-dyneNew or experimental technology
Sweeper/Sweeper Set/Sweeper BroomMan-portable Mine Detector.
Target DiscriminationThe capability of a surveillance or guidance system to choose certain targets when multiple options are presented.
TDXA gravitationally polarized explosive that channels the blast along a plane parallel to the local gravity field. Blast effects can be extreme in that plane but nonexistent even at minor heights.
‘The Emperor Protects’Common soldiers’ blessing or refrain.
“The Green”Jungle Terrain (Catachan), Deathworld Class Jungle.
Those PeopleThe enemy
TitansWar machines of the Collegio Titanicus
TNNTrooper News Network,’ barracks gossip
ToastersNecrontyr (see Skellies)
TOCTactical Operations Center
TopSenior NCO of a company
Toy Soldiers, Glory BoysStorm Troopers, Special Operations teams
Tread FetherMan-portable, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon. (Tanith phrase)
Triple-AAnti Aircraft Artillery (see AAA)
Trooper EggsDrop pods
Tube Charges20cm (approx) long metal tubes filled with explosives for demolition work or grenades type work.
TwistImperial Slang for a mutant.
VoluntoldMan-portable, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon. (Tanith phrase)
Vox CasterA powerful, usually backpack carried, communications gear. “A vox set
Vox OfficerMember of a squad or platoon trained to carry the vox caster and operate it and other communications systems. The general term for this branch of specialization is “Signals.
WarpSee Warp-Space, analogous to ‘hell’ in modern English as in “To the Warp with that!”
Warp-SpaceAn alternate reality where time and physical laws don’t apply – used to traverse interstellar distances. Home to many chaos entities.
WeepersThe Imperial Guard’s notoriously inefficient morale corps
WIAWounded In Action
Win a Dirty MedalDie doing something heroic – something that would likely win a commendation.
Win the Big PrizeDie in combat (see Buy the Farm)
‘Wilco’“(understood,) Will Comply (with instructions)” (Note “Roger” and “Wilco” should never be used together, i.e., “Roger Wilco“)
World, theYour hometown/homeland/homeworld
WPWhite Phosphorous (a.k.a. “Pappy’s Whiskey”)
XOExecutive Officer (unit second in command)