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Newsletter editorial, Aug '11: Barrels, cats and devils

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Newsletter editorial, Aug '11: Barrels, cats and devils

Postby Dave » Tue 30 Aug 2011 13:00 GMT

In this month's newsletter editorial we looked at the way that the expressions and jargon used in the Royal Navy in years gone by has crept into the general language.

Have you got any examples of nautical terms that have become so embedded into the language that their origins aren't even recognised by most of us? Or any other specialised slang that's gained similar wider acceptance?

Why not let us know here? We'd love to hear from you! :D
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Postby Graeme » Wed 31 Aug 2011 00:37 GMT

Aye aye Matey shiver me timbers but that was a good article. Lots of interesting turn's of phrases there. I learned a few things about some terms I've used but embarrassingly didn't know the origin of.
I spent 3 years with some navy chaps when I was in the Army and they weren't half bad really, not like I'd been warned about. They told me they had a certain number of creases in their trousers to correspond to the number of oceans or something like that. We were all stationed on an air force base and outnumbered by the 'crabs' 3000 to 8 which actually worked to our advantage as all the nice girls preferred a sailor (and a pongo) to the overwhelming number of spotty Herberts wearing light blue.
Ah, the good old days...but I digress. Nice article Kay and Dave.
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Postby Dave » Wed 31 Aug 2011 01:46 GMT

Glad you enjoyed it, Graeme - it was certainly fun putting it together. :-D
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Postby Kay » Wed 31 Aug 2011 07:46 GMT

Thanks for the great feedback, Graeme.

I learned a thing or two from the article as well.
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