"Chippy" Where the word comes from/really means?

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by TASO09, Jan 11, 2011.

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  1. It has been bothering me for a while that I can't work out where the word "Chippy" as in "he's a chippy f*cker" came from. The army's had a great wealth of foreign words (Indian/M. E origin) in its vocabulary but I can't for the life of me work out where the use of "chippy" comes from.

    Any ideas fellas?
  2. Nothing so complicated, it's just a contraction of "he's got a chip on his shoulder".
  3. Which it seems maybe another linguistic import from the US.

    Chip on your shoulder
  4. So they had balanced views then - albeit negative ones?
  5. Is it not related to perceived class?
  6. It was used in the Guards to denote county regiments or Corps or anyone else who wasn't Guards as in Fish 'N' Chip eaters rather than the Foie Gras served everyday in a guards OR mess, along with the freshly caught and killed fish and game obviously.:puker::puker::puker: