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    I have seen a movie recently, called 1941.
    There was a guy who said "This is your diagonal warning" during an airraid. Does that have some special laughable meaning, since it was a comedy?
    Also, a sergeant called another GI guy a "goldbrick". What does that mean?
    "chingazos" ?
    "deviled eggs" - what kind of dish is that?
    "zipperheads" - I know it is a kind of cursing but what does that mean?
    Thanks!

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    Deviled eggs: http://www.goodegg.com/recipe/deviledegg.html

    In British English a 'brick' is a dependable person.

    I'm afraid I have no idea about 'diagonal warnings'.

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    A goldbrick is someone who tries to get out of doing any work.

    :)

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    Thank you so much!
    "goldbrick's" definition does make sense there, because the guy is suspected to be AWOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    Thank you so much!
    You're welcome. :D


    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    "goldbrick's" definition does make sense there, because the guy is suspected to be AWOL...
    That would be a goldbrick in spades. Usually a goldbrick is there, but he does as little work as possible. He might pretend to work, or he might spend much of his time hiding from anybody in authority who might have him do some work.

    :)

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    It seems like he had been just a "goldbrick" all the time but then decided to go AWOL and become a "goldbrick in spades"

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    Say, you have never had deviled eggs? They're delicious! Get some from the deli.

    :)

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    A few more phrases from the same movie, 1941, that is, if you don't mind:

    "for crying out loud" (when someone is angry and trying to persuade the others)

    "clear the props!" (at the airfield), propellers?

    "we are not going to any dances, we are going to play wet nurse to Lullabelle tonight" (it may be something dirty but, anyway :)

    Is it yet time to throw in some chingazos? Orale, orale!
    (mexican people speaking at the dance club)

    "port hatch" (in the army tank) what is that?

    s.l.p., how do you read me? (transmitted by an army radio operator)
    what is s.l.p.?

    (maneuvring on a tank)
    "advance me 60 feet, column left", column left?

    (a woman peering out of an airplane that felt into a tar pit)
    "Eecch! Where are we??" what is eecch?

    "The army gave me a gun, I think it is high time we used it." - high time?

    "That is the cop who sent me up the river!" (and gave wrong directions) - any special meaning for that phrase?

    "Zipperhead" - should be some cursing

    ThankS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    A few more phrases from the same movie, 1941, that is, if you don't mind:

    "for crying out loud" (when someone is angry and trying to persuade the others)
    Yes, "for crying out loud" is an expression of anger, dismay, or, most often, frustration.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    "clear the props!" (at the airfield), propellers?
    Yes. You would not want to have an accident with the propellers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    "we are not going to any dances, we are going to play wet nurse to Lullabelle tonight" (it may be something dirty but, anyway :)
    No, it just means they have to watch after or take care of somebody.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    "port hatch" (in the army tank) what is that?
    That would have to be the hatch on the left side.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    s.l.p., how do you read me? (transmitted by an army radio operator)
    what is s.l.p.?
    I'll let somebody else explain what SLP stands for. (You might try the Dictionary.com acronym finder.)


    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    (maneuvring on a tank)
    "advance me 60 feet, column left", column left?
    The column on the left would be the column to the left of the center column.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    (a woman peering out of an airplane that felt into a tar pit)
    "Eecch! Where are we??" what is eecch?
    It is an interjection indicating disgust.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    "The army gave me a gun, I think it is high time we used it." - high time?
    That means it is time to do it. Do not wait any longer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dweller
    "That is the cop who sent me up the river!" (and gave wrong directions) - any special meaning for that phrase?


    The cop that sent me up the river would be the cop who arrested you (and perhaps testified against you at your trial), and that arrest led to your going to prison.


    :)

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    "diagonal warning"

    This is a comedic reference to cross-walk warnings not to cross diagonally against the light or you may get struck by a car.

    During an airraid it is not a safe time to be out walking as you may get hit by a mortar shell.

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