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From The Great War 1914-1918

Chat: Vermin, in particular, a louse. As vermin was one of the greatest personal afflictions among soldiers at the front, "Chat" was one of the regular everyday words. [1] See also To chat up, Chatty and Chicot.

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.52.
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