Poor "cooty," who had lost his left foot as well, passed out shortly after, was a Guardsman at one time.
If it is possible to get a louse pomade called Harrison's in this country, send it, as it is a cooty killer.
So far as I know, it is the only thing sold that will do the cooty in.
"cooty" was seen to go rigid for a moment, and then he quickly rolled to one side to make way for "Number Two" to take his place.
"cooty" would not have that, but calmly began to refill an empty magazine.
The new "Number One" saw that "cooty" had lost three fingers, and told him to retire.
"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]