Notes delivered by local servants in British India were referred to as “chits”. Picture: Alamy
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How lewd military slang gave rise to ‘chitty bang bangs’

Ian Fleming’s flying car came later. The original phrase referred to the permission slip soldiers needed to leave the barracks to visit local brothels

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Notes delivered by local servants in British India were referred to as “chits”. Picture: Alamy
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