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Translate a ledger entry (Posted on 2016-08-12) Difficulty: 4 of 5
The crews of American heavy bombers now stationed in the British Isles have fraternized, of course, with the personnel of R.A.F. It was a case of love at first sight -- but both sides experienced a little difficulty at first in savvying each other's lingo.
One American aviator, for instance, cited this example of the R.A.F.'s version of the King's English: "Three ropey types, all sprogs, pranged a cheeseye on bumps and circuits. One bought it; the other two sent for a burton. The station-master took a dim view and tore them off a strip. They'd taken along shagbat wofficer, who was browned off. The queen bee was hopping mad".
It took some time for the American to translate this cryptic report. Roughly, this is what it meant:

...provide your translation into a non-slang understandable English...

source: Queen's University Journal, Sept. 29, 1944 quoted by Greg Ross

  Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
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'Three unpopular individuals, all brand new pilot officers, crashed a workout airplane while practicing circuits and landings. One was killed; the other two were reprimanded severely. The station commander disapproved strongly and lowered their ranks (one strip less). They had taken along with them a somewhat plain WAAF officer, who was bored. The station's WAAF commander was very angry.' |

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Hints/Tipsre(2): in translationAdy TZIDON2016-08-14 07:08:43
re: in translationbroll2016-08-13 01:39:07
Solutionin translationDej Mar2016-08-12 19:54:46
No spoiler.broll2016-08-12 12:23:46
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