Blighty (TV channel)
Blighty was a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel originally launched on 8 March 2004, and relaunched to a new format on 17 February 2009. The channel was only available on Sky, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media, and was not available on the digital terrestrial service Freeview.
"Blighty" is a British English slang term for Britain or often specifically England. Though it was used throughout the 1800s in India to mean an English, British or European visitor, it was first used during the Boer War in the specific meaning of homeland for the English or British, and it was not until World War I that the word spread widely.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word derives from " bilayati", a regional variant of the Urdu word "vilayati", meaning "foreign", "British", "English" or "European." In India, vilayati came to be known as an adjective meaning European, and specifically English or British.
Blighty is a 1927 British World War I silent drama film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Ellaline Terriss, Lillian Hall-Davis and Jameson Thomas. The film was a Gainsborough Pictures production with screenplay by Eliot Stannard from a story by Ivor Montagu.
Blighty is an English slang term for Britain.
Blighty may also refer to:
- Blighty, New South Wales, a town in Australia
- Blighty (TV channel), a former UK TV channel
- Blighty (magazine) or Parade, a British magazine for men
- Blighty (film), a 1927 silent film by Adrian Brunel
n. (context military slang usually uncapitalized English) A minor wound, but serious enough to take a soldier out of combat.
Usage examples of "blighty".
Can't you understand, you fucking deprave Blighty soldier-murder-bastard, I no want touch you any more after you go lie with that whore!
In Blighty, I'd at least be able to get someone to fix the bloody instruments so that they kept proper time.
Our monopoly capitalists built themselves the hell of a strong air force and defense system right here in Blighty under our noses, through several pacifist ministries.
And so home to Old Blighty, and thence to the desert army in North Africa.
Ten o’ our men to go to Blighty to watch her builded, then come home with her.
Can’t you understand, you fucking deprave Blighty soldier-murder-bastard, I no want touch you any more after you go lie with that whore!
In Blighty, I’d at least be able to get someone to fix the bloody instruments so that they kept proper time.
I thought you were on your way back to dear old Blighty after that odd business with the other train.
But I never heard of a man with a blighty wound caring too much about how the battle turned out.
He knew enough about drugs from civvy street, where he had worked as an assistant druggist, which no bastard but him knew, because then the bastards would've put him in the Medical Corps, and that would've meant no fighting and no killing, and no self-respecting Aussie'd let his country down and dear old Blighty down by being just a stinking noncombatant medical orderly.
At the canteen, I bought five hundred Blighty Players, a tin of Coleman's Mustard, a packet of Edwards' Desiccated Soup, a bar of chocolate, and some Branston's Sweet Pickle.