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ˈblaɪ tiblighty

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  1. Blightynoun

    a slang term for Great Britain used by British troops serving abroad


  1. Blightynoun

    A minor wound, but serious enough to take a soldier out of combat.

  2. Blightynoun

    Great Britain, Britain, or England, especially as viewed from abroad

  3. Etymology: Corruption of the विलायती, which is related to Arabic ولاية


  1. Blighty

    "Blighty" is a British English slang term for Great Britain, or often specifically England. Though it was used throughout the 1800s in the Indian subcontinent to mean an English or British visitor, it was first used during the Boer War in the specific meaning of homeland for the English or British, and it was not until World War I that use of the term became widespread.


  1. Blighty

    "Blighty" is a British English slang term for Britain, deriving from Persian velayat and ultimately from Arabic wilayah, originally meaning something like "province". In India the term vilayati came to be as an adjective meaning European, and specifically English or British: "blighty" is believed to be a corruption of vilayati by British soldiers stationed in India. The term is commonly used as a term of endearment by the expatriate British community or those on holiday to refer to home. In their 1886 dictionary, Hobson-Jobson, Sir Henry Yule and Arthur C. Burnell explained that the word came to be used in British India for several things the British had brought into the country, such as the tomato and soda water. During World War I, "Dear Old Blighty" was a common sentimental reference, suggesting a longing for home by soldiers in the trenches. The term was particularly used by World War I poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. During that war, a Blighty wound — a wound serious enough to require recuperation away from the trenches, but not serious enough to kill or maim the victim—was hoped for by many, and sometimes self-inflicted. In his First World War autobiography Good-Bye to All That, the writer Robert Graves attributes the term "Blitey" to the Hindustani word for "home". He writes: "The men are pessimistic but cheerful. They all talk about getting a 'cushy' one to send them back to 'Blitey'."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blighty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blighty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
    • A. liniment
    • B. cazique
    • C. defilement
    • D. scalawag

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