Origin of Ally

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by longjohns, Aug 30, 2007.

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  1. I was recently enlightened as to the origin of the term 'walt' (i.e. walter mitty), and wondered where 'ally' came from.

    I notice that the ARRSEpedia entries on Ally and Allyness give a good rundown on what is currently fashionable ally-wise, but no explanation of how 'ally' came to be used.

    Anyone know how 'ally' came bout, or even better, anyone care to speculate?
  2. Yes isn't it interesting............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :sleepy:
  3. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Been done month's ago mate.
  4. A lot of people think ally mean's cool or Gucci when actually it means cocky. As in someone is wearing a Para smock when they haven't passed P Coy or similar.

    Watch Paras 1982 on youtube where it is explained by the training staff.
  5. i may be wrong but i was told by an old para that the origin is from the para reg adopting the arab bedeuin battle cry alah ach bar (if thats how its spelt) so the term for looking wary gradualy changed to ally?
  6. Yeah you are wrong mate!

    Why would a person of any other faith shout Alah ach bar when it means god is great in the Muslim faith?

    As pointed out before it means Cocky or full of yourself.

  7. Read somewhere its from "alley cat", as in cool, cocky, self-assured, independent, etc. 1940s/50s origin?