Charlie was a generally non-pejorative slang term used by American troops during the Vietnam War as a short-hand term for Vietnamese guerrillas: it was shortened from "Victor Charlie", the radio code designation for Viet Cong, or VC.
Planning a quick trip to Vietnam? You'll at least want to know these terms and expressions to begin with before you go...have fun! (Note...tone and vowel markers are excluded...but shouldn't interfere with your answers.)
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