"Out on the Ulu"

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  1. What's the origin, please anyone? One of my instructors was very fond of the phrase way back when in basic training. He claimed to have "done a bit" for the Rhodesian Army.
     
  2. It's Malay for Jungle
     
  3. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    No idea - ask Tropper!

    I do know that the phrase was in use in the 1960's, I often heard it and used it myself, although I would have said Out in the Ulu.
     
  4. I did Google this first. No luck - as with the link above. Thanks Jack - your answer explains why the phrase is used in "The Virgin Soldiers".
     
  5. Yeah, on[b/] the ulu sounds a bit odd to me.
     
  6. I tend not to respond to cyber warriors VG.
     
  7. Malay "up-river", which is where it gets jungly, so used to refer to a remote jungle area.
     
  8. Thanks, folks. My recollection is "on" rather than "in" - but it's a long time ago....
     
  9. Correct, Ulu in Malayan means the source of a river, Hutan means jungle, Ibans would use the word Ulu as deep jungle
     
  10. Sometimes used when in deep shit
     
  11. A Rhodie WALT , one of many.

    No it was "out in the BUNDU" in Rhodesia



    .Ulu I believe was a bit futher East.
     
  12. Kerrrekt!, did plenty of it too, as a riverrat in Brooners and Koochers, as we jungle wallahs called them.
     
  13. was used a lot by the instructors at the jungle warfare school in khota tingi in johore state,
     
  14. Ulu/bundu/bush/veldt were all in use in the latter 70s.
    There was a Rhodesian contingent in the Malaya campaign so this consistent with above.
    I seem to recall John Edmondson using the phrase in one of his Troopie Songs.
    But I believe it should have been "out in[from] the ulu".
     
  15. It's actually a term Cecil Rhodes used for outdoor sex with his many male secretaries.