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Anav
11-30-2011, 17:21
a link:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:U.S._Navy_slang

Old Salt
11-30-2011, 21:01
Very intersting, I still remember a little

The Cowman
11-30-2011, 22:56
Very cool... just got home; looks like I get to pull the balls to 2 watch...

Tommy Z
11-30-2011, 23:20
Thanks Steve! As a former Army Infantryman, my nautical vocabulary needs expanding. Still trying to get that port-starboard thing!

Attila57
12-01-2011, 01:52
Nice reference! It could be interesting to find the slang of the Napoleonic period...

Attilio

Bumblie3
12-01-2011, 07:24
Nice reference! It could be interesting to find the slang of the Napoleonic period...

Attilio


Well a pocket watch used to be referred to as a kettle, in the British Forces, and this dates from Napoleonic times when us Brits failed to understand the phrase 'Quel heure est il?' so reduced it to 'kettle' as we already knew that word. The card game pontoon. was the Brit interpretation of 'Vingt et Un' and cash was the name given to rounds of bread, with holes through the centre so that several pieces of cash could be strung from a belt, which was issued to French troops as part of their wages/ration issue, during the Napoleonic wars - probably from the French word 'cacher'.

John

Capt P
12-01-2011, 17:21
Good link. As ex Army I too am not that familiar with the navy slang. I did notice one we used 0 Dark Thirty.

Anav
12-01-2011, 18:07
http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/origin.htm

Even more....

Bligh
12-02-2011, 04:39
Good list there Steve, and coming from a Naval family myself, well Fleet Air Arm actually, but near enough, i can see that the terms here are pretty universal whichever flag of convenience you sail under.
thanks for finding this for us all.
Rob.

Berthier
12-02-2011, 06:50
Nice links!

Cmmdre
06-01-2013, 22:26
These two links are very helpful Steve. Lots of good information to familiarize myself with. :help: :question:

David Manley
06-02-2013, 08:02
Get a copy of the book "Jackspeak". I find it invaluable in my job. :happy:

Cmmdre
06-02-2013, 09:13
Get a copy of the book "Jackspeak". I find it invaluable in my job. :happy:

Thank you for the tip David. I'll put that on my ever growing list of books to procure. :moneygone:

crashx
06-02-2013, 18:47
Thanks Steve, good info!!! :thanks:

Naharaht
06-02-2013, 23:29
Thank you for the links to these lists. They will be useful and informative.

Gunner
06-17-2013, 17:45
Get a copy of the book "Jackspeak". I find it invaluable in my job. :happy:

Picked up a copy of Jackspeak. Now I'm convinced that the Brits:talk: and Yanks:talk: don't speak the same language.