An insulting term used by British Army
soldiers in Northern Ireland
to refer to the Irish
The term was first thought to have been used by the Black Watch when they moved into the North at the start of the recent troubles.
The name references the fact that there is a long tradition of peat bog farming in Ireland. Such farming for fuel was thought a demeaning occupation by the soldiers. The wog in the term refers to the racial slur invoked by that word. Wogs in the British Army referred to any kind of non-white population of a British colony.
The combining of the two gives a mutiple insult, referring to the Irish as colonists, equating them with black people and implying that they are too poor or unfit for any other kind of work than bog farming.