Who/what is a Wizard Prang?

What is a “Wizard Prang”?

In World War One, the Air Force of the day was staffed by young noblemen; those “magnificent men in their flying machines” who went “up-tiddly-up-up“, and of course they went “down-tiddly-down-down“.

Their airborne steeds were known as “Kites”, and a crash was known as a “Prang”, an expression used to describe what our transatlantic cousins would call a “fender-bender”, to this day. Due to the low speeds of their planes, crashes were often survivable.

These were the days before war got ugly and dirty, and for them the whole thing was a whole lot of fun – in their argot, it was “Wizard”. So, the lads would get in their “Wizard Kites”, and once in a while they would have… a “Wizard Prang”.

Who is Wizard Prang?

Born and raised in London (that’s “London, England”, for those of you who failed Geography) , living in Louisville, Kentucky. An “Alpha Geek” by calling, a Christian by profession, weird by nature.

But he is saving up to be eccentric.


  • patricklogsdon  On April 28, 2009 at 4:29 AM

    Hi Wizard! I came here for the first time and I enjoyed reading your blogs. In other words, I agree!
    Your article on living within one’s means, really makes a lot of sense.
    I will explore further, as well as recommend your site to others!

  • Gadroids (@gadroids)  On December 11, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Thank you for the explanation. It changes the whole perception of this blog from blog-with-an-abstruse-name to blog-made-by-a-fellow-geek, much nicer. 🙂

  • oscholars  On January 23, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    I think you mean argot, not ergot;

    • Wizard Prang  On January 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      Thank you – nice to see that someone is paying attention! Corrected.


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