Not a sausage’ – WW2 technical term?
The RAF is renowned for spawning a multitude of its own slang sayings.
The phrase ‘not a sausage’ – meaning -‘ nothing at all’ supposedly derives (or so www.urbandictionary would have us believe) from cockney rhyming slang – ‘sausage and mash’ : cash. To my mind this doesn’t sound quite right. I much prefer the version presented to me by one of my glass clients last week.
Sally’s mother was a wartime WAAF whose explanation for the phrase ‘not a sausage’ stemmed from interpreting a radar screen display. If a contact appeared on her screen it would be a sausage shaped image – no contact – no sausage.
So – ‘what can you see?’ – ‘can’t see a sausage sir!’


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