Vietnam Veterans know what “short” means – but for those who are not vets, here is the jargon.
Short: a term used by everyone in Vietnam to tell all who would listen that his tour was almost over
Short-timer: soldier nearing the end of his tour in Vietnam
Short-timer’s stick: when a soldier had approximately two months remaining on his tour in Vietnam, he might take a long stick and notch it for each of his remaining days in-country. As each day passed he would cut the stick off another notch until on his rotation day he was left with only a small stub.
“I am so short I don’t have time for a long conversation.”
“I am so short, I can play handball against the curb.”
“I am so short I left yesterday.”