Origin of word ‘banger’

//Origin of word ‘banger’

Origin of word ‘banger’

Extract from WW1 letter dated 1st October 1918
From David Henry Taylor in Holzminden to May Muggridge in Beckenham (UK)
“My Dearest,
Just had two lovely letters from you … Talking about cooking, sausages form one of the stable items of diet here & as you know these things when frying are apt to burst & the fact of them being tinned seems to make them especially explosive, so that the elite here politely refer to them as “bangers” … explodes blowing off a red hot piece into the next man’s face or neck who immediately yells … upsets his porridge, stew, or whatever he happens to be stirring, into the sausages & then calls down the Wrath of Heaven …”

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