February 2, 2012

Vocab.: Why "Piss-Call Charlie" was such a jerk!

piss call (noun) 
1. In boarding schools and camps for young boys, a call made in the middle of the night to go to the urinals. This helped prevent bed-wetting.

2. In the armed services, the same type of call jokingly made for any alarm in the middle of the night, as these were usually scary and might cause bed-wetting.

Hence, Piss-Call Charlie, a World War II term for enemy planes that made night passes. They usually just dropped a bomb or two, but that was enough to wake everyone up and frighten them.

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