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From The Great War 1914-1918

Chicot: Verminous. A French mispronunciation of the word "Hitchy-koo," originally a word in an American popular song. As to the employment of the word, a French woman in a billet behind the front line washing a soldier's shirt would enquire first if it was "chicot." If it wasn't verminous, i.e., riddled with lice etc., the man would reply "No Hitchy Koo." [1]

See also Chat and Chatty.

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.53.
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