Peculiar Military Words


Military slang is a set of colloquial terms which are unique to or which originated with military personnel. Out of curiosity I googled few, and discovered a whole new facet of military vocab.

Heres few:

  • Aggression – An unprovoked attack by an enemy
  • Belligerents – Nations carrying on warfare
  • Conscription – Compulsory enrlment as soldiers or sailors
  • Casualties – Killed or wounded in battle
  • Convoy – A number of ships travelling together under escort for the sake of safety
  • Contraband – Smuggling of goods or engaging in prohibited traffic
  • Espionage – The act or practice of spying.
  • Evacuate – To remove from one place to another to avoid the destruction
  • Embargo – An order prohibiting ships to leave the ports
  • Mobilize – To make troops, ships etc ready for war service
  • Invade – To enter a country as an enemy
  • Neutral – Taking neither side in the struggle
  • Alien – A foreigner in a belligerent country
  • Intern – To keep citizens in confinement
  • Ammunition – Shells, bombs, Military stores
  • Ordnance – Heavy guns, artillery and army stores
  • Bayonet – A knife fixed at the end of the gun
  • Parole – A promise given by a prisoner not to try to escape if given temporary release
  • Puttees – Lone strips of cloth bound round the legs of a soldier from the ankle to the knee.
  • Reveille – music for awakening soldiers in the morning
  • Arsenal – A place where naval or military weapons are made or stored.
  • Volley – A shower of bullets
  • Salvo – The firings of many guns at the same time to mark an occasion
  • Cavalry – Horse soldiers
  • Infantry – Foot soldiers
  • Fusillade – A number of firearms being discharged continously
  • Reconnoiter – To make an examination or preliminary survey of enemy territory or military objective
  • Armistice – An agreement to stop fighting
  • capitulate – To surrender to an enemy on agreed terms
  • Annihilate – To reduce to nothing
  • Amnesty – A general pardon of offenders
  • Battalion – The main division of army
  • Besiege – To surround a place with the intention of capturing it
  • Recruit – A soldier recently enlisted for service
  • Furlough – A soldier’s holiday
  • Bulletin – Official reports on the progress of the war
  • Diplomacy – The art of conducting negotiations between nations
  • Garrison – A body of soldiers stationed in a fortess to defend it
  • Bandolier – With pockets for carrying ammunition
  • Conscript – A person who is forced by law to become a soldier
  • Guerilla war – An irregular warfare conducted by scattered or independent bands
  • manoeuvre – Movement of ships or troops in order to secure an advantage over the enemy
  • Commandeer – To seize for military use
  • Demobilize – To release from the army
  • Bivouac – To camp in the open air without tents or covering.



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Portmanteau Words



Portmanteau word is a linguistic blend of words, in which parts of multiple words or their phones and their meanings are combined in a new word.

Remember Emoticon? Well our dear word is the portmanteau, coined by Emotion+ Icon!

Isn’t it amazing? I have listed portmanteau, do check!

  • Advertainment = Advertisement + entertainment
  • Advertorial = Advertisement+editorial
  • Affluenza = Affluence +Influenza
  • Because = By + cause
  • Bionic = Biology + electronic
  • Bit = Binary + digit
  • Blog = Web+ log
  • Brunch = breakfast + Lunch
  • Camcorder = Camera + Recorder
  • Cellophane = Cellulose + diaphane
  • Chillaxing = Chilling + Relaxing
  • Chingilish = Chinese + English
  • Cineplex = Cinema + Complex
  • Diabesity = Diabetes + Obesity
  • Dumbfound = Dumb + Comfound
  • Econocrat = Economist + Bureaucrat
  • Edutainment = Education + Entertainment
  • Email = Electronic + Mail
  • Fantabulous = Fantastic + Fabulous
  • Fanzine = Fan + Magazine
  • Fortnight = Fourteen + Nights
  • Franglish = French + English
  • Freeware = Free + Software
  • Gainsay = against + Say
  • Globish = Global + English
  • Glitz = Glamour + Ritz
  • Hassle = Haggle + Tussle
  • Hinglish = Hindi + English
  • Informercial = Information + Communication
  • Infotainment = Information + Entertainment
  • Intercom = Internal + Communication
  • Internet = International + Network
  • Knowledgebase = Knowledge + Database
  • Lox = liquid + Oxygen
  • Moblog = Mobile +weblog
  • Modem = Modulator + Demodulator
  • Motel = Motor + Hotel
  • Motorcade = Motor + Cavalcade
  • Multiplex = Multiple + Complex
  • Netiquette = Internet + Etiquette
  • Seascape = Sea + Landscape
  • Sitcom = Situation + Comedy
  • Smaze = Smoke + haze
  • Smog = Smoke + fog
  • Soundscape = Sound + Landscape
  • Stagflation = Stagnation + Inflation
  • Telegenic = Television + Photogenic
  •  Telex = Teleprinter +Communication
  • Travelogue = Travel + Monologue
  • Tween = Teen + Between
  • Webinar = Web + Seminar
  • WiFi = Wireless + Fidelity
  • Zonkey = Zebra + donkey


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Syllogism is a kind of logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to arrive at conclusion based on two or more propositions that are asserted or assumed to be true.

Example :

  1. All roses are flowers
  2. All flowers are beautiful
  3. All roses are beautiful

Clearly the proposition 1 and 2 are the premises and the proposition 3, which follows from the first two propositions is called the conclusion.

Term : In logic, a term is a word or a combination of words, which by itself can be used as a subject or predicate of a proposition.

Syllogism is concerned with three types:

  1. Major Term: It is the predicate of the conclusion and is denoted by P (“Predicate”)
  2. Minor Term : It is the subject of the conclusion and is denoted by S (“Subject”)
  3. Middle Term : It is the term common to both the premises and is denoted by M (“Middle”)

In the above example, beautiful is predicate of the conclusion  and roses are the subject of the conclusion; flowers are the common term for both premises hence it is the Middle.


Major and Minor Premises:

Of the two premises, the Major Premise is that in which the middle term is the subject and the Minor Premise is that in which the middle term is the predicate.

Rules for deriving the conclusion from two given premises

1. The conclusion does not contain the middle term.

2. No term can be distributed in the conclusion unless it is distributed in the premise.

3. The middle term (M) should be distributed at least once in the premises. Other wise the conclusion cannot follow.

For the middle term to be distributed in a premise,

  1.  M must be the subject if premise is an A proposition
  2. M must be subject or predicate if premise is an E proposition
  3. M must be predicate if premise is an O proposition.

Note that in I proposition, which distributes neither the subject nor the predicate, the middle term cannot be distributed.

Ex. Statements : 1. All fans are watches   2. Some watches are pink

Conclusion : 1. All watches are fans    2. Some fans are pink

In the premise, the middle term is not distributed in the first premise which is an A proposition as if does not form its subject. Also, it is not distributed in the second premise which is an I proposition. Since the middle term is not distributed even once in the premises, so no conclusion follows.

4. No conclusion follows :

  • if both the premises are particular
  • if both the premises are negative
  • if the major premise is particular and minor premise is negative

5. If the middle term is distributed twice, the conclusion cannot be universal.

6. If one premise is negative, the conclusion must be negative.

7. If one premise is particular, the conclusion must be particular.

8. If both the premises are affirmative, the conclusion must be affirmative.

9. If both the premises are universal, the conclusion must be affirmative.


Logical Deduction

The phenomenon of deriving a conclusion from a single proposition or a set of given propositions, is known as logical deduction. The given proposition are also referred to as the premises.

There are two inferential processes of deduction:


I. Immediate Deductive Inference

Here conclusion is deduced from one of the given propositions, by any of the three ways – Conversion, Obversion and Contraposition.

(1) Conversion:

In this inference, the subject term and the predicate term is interchanged i.e the Subject term of the premise becomes the predicate term of the conclusion and the predicate term of the premise become the Subject term of the conclusion.

The given proposition is called convertend and the conclusion drawn from it is called converse.

Table of Valid Conversions:


Note: in a conversion the quality remains the same and the quantity may change.

(2) Obversion

In obversion, we change the quality of the proposition and replace the predicate terms by its complement.

The given proposition is called Obvertend and the conclusion drawn from it is called Obverse.

Table of Valid Obversions:


(3) Contrapositions

To obtain the contrapositive of a statement, we first replace the subject and predicate terms in the proposition  and then exchange both these terms with their complements. Relatively simpler one!


Note: The valid converse, obverse or contrapositive of a given proposition always logically follows from the proposition.

II. Mediate Deductive Inference (Syllogism)

First introduced by Aristotle, a Syllogism is a deductive argument in which conclusion has to be drawn from two propositions referred to as the premises.

Complete details of which is given in the next post.Click Here

An important point to remember:

While deriving logical conclusions, always remember that the following conclusions hold:

  1. The converse of each of the given premises
  2. The conclusions that directly follows from the given premises in accordance with the rules of syllogism
  3. The converse of the derived conclusions.


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Logic is the science of thought as expressed in language. This means that the questions on logic are to be solved as per the information given without any concern of the formal validity or truth of the statements i.e. conclusion should follow directly from the statements given. Without this unique characteristics, the Logic test becomes an instrument of teaching the candidates to follow the rules and work as per the instructions without an error.

In Logic, any categorical statement is termed as the Proposition

A Proposition (or a categorical statement) is a statement that asserts that either a part of, or the whole of, one set of objects – the set identified by the subject term in the sentence expressing that statement – either is included in, or is excluded from, another set – the set is identified by the predicate term in that sentence.

The standard form of a proposition is:

Quantifier + Subject + Copula + Predicate

Thus the proposition consists of four parts:

1. Quantifier : The word “All” , “No” and “Some” are called Quantifiers because they specify a quantity. “All” and “No” are Universal Quantifiers as they refer to every object in a certain set, while the quantifier “Some” is a particular quantifier as it refers to at least one existing object in a certain set.

2. Subject (“S”) : The subject is that about which something is said.

3. Predicate (“P”) : It is the part of the proposition denoting that which is affirmed or denied about the subject.

4. Copula : The Copula is that part of the proposition which denotes the relation between the subject and the predicate.

Example : All Jokers are men.

Here : All -> Quantifier ; Jokers -> Subject ; Are-> Copula  ; Men -> Predicate

Four Fold Classification of the Proposition

Propositions are classified in to four types

Universal Affirmative Proposition (denoted by  “A”)

It distributes only the subject i.e. the predicate is not interchangeable with the subject while maintaining the validity of the proposition.

e.g. All cats are mammals.

This is proposition A since we cannot say “All mammals are cats.”

Universal Negative Proposition (denoted by  “E”)

It distributes both the subject and the predicate i.e. an entire class of predicate term is denied to the entire class of the subject term, as in the proposition.

e.g  No girl is beautiful.

Particular Affirmative Proposition (denoted by  “I”)

It distributes neither the subject nor the predicate.

e.g Some men are foolish.

Here the subject term “Men” is used not for all but only for some and similarly the predicate term “foolish” is affirmed for a part of subject class. So both are undistributed.

Particular Negative Proposition (denoted by  “O”)

It distributes only the predicate.

e.g Some animals are not domestic.

Here the subject term “animals” is used only for a part of its class and hence is undistributed while the predicate “wild” is denied in entirety to the subject term and hence is distributed.


Learning about classification helps to make logical deduction in the Competitive exams. How to deduce is explained in the next post. Do check.

Types of People

Ever wondered there are words for people with distinct peculiarities? Below are you could find few!

  • One who is difficult to please – Fastidious
  • One who has no sympathy – Callous
  • One who easily believes – Credulous
  • One who can be easily cheated – Gullible
  • One who believes in fate – Fatalist
  • One who believes in offering equal opportunity to women in every sphere – Feminist
  • One who abstains from alcohol –  Teetotaler
  • One who is wild and extravagant in opinion particularly in religious matters – Fanatic
  • One who is indifferent to pleasure and pain – Stoic
  • One devoted to pleasure of eating and drinking – Epicurist
  • One who derives pleasure from inflicting or watching cruelty – Sadist
  • One who is withdrawn from crowd – Introvert
  • One who is engaging with crowd and expressive – Extrovert
  • One who is having both the quality of introvert and extrovert – Ambivert
  • One who looks on the dark side of the things/events – Pessimist
  • One who looks on the bright side of the things/events – Optimist
  • One who understands many languages – Polyglot
  • One who does not believe in the existence of of God – Atheist
  • One who doubts the existence of god – Agnostic
  • One who delights to speak about himself or thinks only of his welfare – Egotist
  • One who devotes his life to the welfare and interest of other people – Altruist
  • One who has unresistant desire for alcoholic drinks – Dipsomaniac
  • One who hates cigarette smoking – Misocapnic
  • One who hates mankind – Misanthrope
  • One who devotes his service or wealth for the welfare for the love of mankind – Philanthropist
  • One who walks in his sleep – Somnambulist
  • One who talks in his sleep – Somniloquist
  • One who has the art of speaking in such a way that the sound seems to come from another person- Ventriloquist
  • One who can use both his hands – Ambidextrous
  • One who is a hard working person – Industrious
  • One who is a sensible and prudent person – Judicious
  • One who runs away from the law – Fugitive
  • One who takes refuge in foreign land – Alien
  • One who has an irresistible tendency to steal – Kleptomaniac
  • One who steals books – Biblioklept
  • One who breaks church images or ornaments – Iconoclast
  • One who dies for a noble cause – Martyr
  • One who leads a solitary life – Recluse/hermit
  • One who is compelled by law to be served as soldier – Conscript
  • One new to anything – Novice
  • One who engages in any pursuit for the love of it and not for gain – amateur
  • One who begs for alms – Mendicant
  • One who is a critical judge of art and taste – Connoisseur
  • One who is an expert at telling stories – Raconteur

Animals – Nouns of Assembly

  • a herd of antelope
  • a shrewdness of apes
  • a pack/herd of asses
  • a nest of ants
  • a cede of badgers
  • a sleuth of bears
  • a stud of mares
  • a swarm/grist of bees
  • a chattering of choughs
  • A covert of coots
  • A murder of crows
  • A litter of cubs
  • A herd of deer
  • A paddling of ducks (in water)
  • A team of ducks (in flight)
  • A gang of elk
  • A fesnyng of ferrets
  • A shoal/drought or haul of fishes
  • A swarm of flies
  • A flock /flight of birds
  • A sedge or siege of bitterns
  • A sounder of boars
  • A brace or leash of bucks
  • A herd of buffaloes
  • A clowder of cats
  • A brood or peep of chicken
  • A labor of moles
  • A troop of monkeys
  • a barren of mules
  • A watch of nightingales
  • A yoke/drove/team of oxen
  • A covey of partridges
  • A muster of peacocks
  • A nye/nide of pheasants
  • Awing/congregation of plovers