Or worse, they act like you have cooties or must be broken somehow because of this one experience.
"Ye might ask 'em to come down and help us pick the cooties off," said Chrisfield and followed in Andrews's wake.
One night, however, I discovered that I had been captured by "cooties."
The time had come, I am glad to say, when we and the cooties, must forever part.
They were lucky to escape with their lives, their cooties and their appetites.
LIFE in the trenches is made up of "cooties," "rats," "mud" and "gas masks."
The various dopes and patent preparations guaranteed as "good for cooties" are just that.
If only the "cooties" could have been destroyed in the same way, the Germans might have been forgiven many of their offenses.
Best of all, the bathing was fine, and it was possible to keep the cooties under control,—more or less.
Nine-tenths of the cooties died from mortification and the other tenth from lonesomeness.
"body lice," 1917, British World War I slang, earlier in nautical use, said to be from Malay kutu "dog tick."
A body louse
[WWI Army fr British; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Malay kutu, ''dog tick''; one study suggests London cockney slang as the source]