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Leedscot
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« on: April 13, 2019, 07:05:35 PM »

Never heard of choco - if itís Australia only and slang, should it count as common?
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 10:15:41 AM »

New to me, too, and I wasn't flooded by definitions when I searched for it, just Merriam Webster and Wikipedia. Wikipedia spells it with a capital C: "A member of the Australian Army Reserve past or present; called 'Choco' for short."
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 12:12:22 PM »

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"A member of the Australian Army Reserve past or present; called 'Choco' for short."

Never heard it, and would never have guessed the Army reserve meaning.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 12:44:58 PM »

I've a vague feeling it had a (thankfully) short life as a term of racial abuse in the UK about 30 or 40 years ago, although I can't find this mentioned in any of the dictionaries I normally use.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 05:17:14 PM »

Asked my son-in-law who had been in the Aus. army reserve and he said it was the most common derogatory term for a reservist. The origin was a "chocolate soldier" i.e. "melted in the sun". He also said he was in the Army SAS ("Saturday and Sunday").
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