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Navy Speak (1 reply)

4 months ago
johnw1943 4 months ago

Recently came across this, the Navy's own language -
Royal Navy terminology , commonly called Jack speak

Adrift To be late

Airy Fairy member of the Fleet Air Arm

Anchor-faced To be totally intoxicated by the Navy

Andrew, TheThe Royal Navy

Babies heads Steak & kidney puddings

Bag job A lady who's so ugly she who requires a bag over her head before sex can take place

Bag meal A packed lunch

Banyan Beach party

Belay Stop or cease

Bezzy Best as in "bezzy oppo" - best mate

Big eats Takeaway food

Bish, TheNaval chaplain

Bite To be fooled into believing something stupid

Bimble Walk slowly

Boat Submarmarine.

Bone (1) Stupid

Bone (2) To have sex with

Bootneck / booty Royal Marine

Bravo zulu (BZ) Well done

Brown hatter's overalls Pyjamas

Buffer Chief Bosuns mate

Buggery board The long board running along the inside of a bunk on a ship, separating it from the adjacent bunk.

BurberryService issue raincoat

Buzz Rumour

Can man Canteen (NAAFI) manager

Chad Valley An unreliable piece of equipment

Channel night The final night at sea before returning to base port

Cheesy hammy eggy Ham and melted cheese on toast topped with a fried egg.

Chippy Shipwright

Chit Request form

Chogie nosh Chinese food

Chop one off Salute

Civvy Civilian

Clanky Marine engineer

Clear lower deck Whole ship's company to muster

Club swinger / clubs PT instructor

Cock & arse Officers' cocktail party

Corn dog Corned beef

Crabby Dirty

Crabfat A member of the RAF

Crash out Get your head down, go to sleep

Crimp Sleep

Crumb duster Steward

Dabber / Dabtoe Seaman or member of the Ops Branch

Deck (1) The floor

Deck (2) Knock someone to the floor

Deckhead Ceiling

Dhobie Wash

Dhobie dust Washing powder

Dhobie hitch Unrecognisable knot

Dhobie shack Ship's laundry

Dig out Make an effort

Dipped in Made an unexpected gain

Dipped out Missed out on something

Dit A story

Dog A really ugly woman

Doofer A bit that goes on something

Dose A sexually-transmitted disease

Double-bagger Someone so ugly that you put a bag over your own head in case theirs falls off!

Drip To moan or complain

Drop a sprog Give birth

DTS Dinner Time Session (lunchtime drinking session)

Duff Pudding

Eating irons (port & starboard)Knife and fork

Essence A gorgeous woman (very occasionally a man)

Exped Adventurous training

Fanny rat Womaniser

Fat knacker An unfit person

Fish-head Fleet Air Arm's name for a sailor

Flapping Panicking (flapping around like a headless chicken)

Flash Get angry

Flash up Start (machinery)

Flat Passageway or open space between decks on a ship

Float test Dispose of something by chucking it over the side of the ship

Floggie Pornographic magazine

Foulie Service issue foul weather jacket

Four O'clockers A snack of sandwiches or buns sometimes served at 4pm when at sea.

Gash Rubbish

Gen Genuine / true as in "gen dit" - a true story

Gizzit A free gift / something unwanted that might prove useable

Gobshite Someone with a big mouth who usually talks rubbish

Goffer (1) A large wave breaking over the ship

Goffer (2) A soft drink

Goofer Spectator

Gopping Tastes foul / ugly looking

Greeny An electrician

Grey Funnel Line Royal Navy

Gronk An ugly woman

Gronk board A collection of photographs (usually from the whole mess) of former girlfriends

Gulpers A quantity of drink somewhere between "sippers" and "sandy bottoms"

Gulch Area of a messdeck between the bunks

Guz Devonport

Heads Toilets

Honky Fid Hong Kong

Homeward bounders Large untidy stitches

Hooky Leading hand

Icers Very cold

Ickies Foreign money

Jack A sailor

Jack dusty A naval stores rating

Jenny A Wren (female sailor)

Jimmy (the 1) The First Lieutenant

Joss man Master-at-Arms

Klebbies Foreign money

Killick Leading hand

Kit muster A personal kit inspection

Lash up To treat someone (usually to drinks)

Limers Soft drink, usually made from powder, drank when working in hot conditions

Loafing Idly hanging around, not putting in any effort

Lower deck lawyer A rating that is always quoting rules and regulations

Maily Letter

Make & Mend An afternoon off

Matelot Sailor

Minging (1) Drunk

Minging (2) Ugly

Mob, TheThe Navy

Muscle bosun Fitness fanatic

NATO standard Tea or coffee with milk and two sugars

Necky Got a nerve (as in more neck than a 3 badge giraffe at action stations with a make and mend chit)

Nines No. 9 punishment - Loss of leave with extra work

Nine O'clockers A supper of sandwiches or buns sometimes served at 9pm when in harbour.

Nutty Sweets / chocolate

Nutty fiend Someone who eats a lot of sweets

Oggies Cornish pasties

Oggin The sea

Old Man, TheSkipper, Commanding Oficer

Old Ships A former shipmate

One-eye Idiot

Oppo Friend / colleague

Ovies Overalls

Pash Girlfriend

Percy Soldier

Pig Officer

Piglet Midshipman

Pigsty Wardroom

Pillow fluffer Steward

Pinged To be seen

Pipe Announcement over main broadcast

Piso Tight or stingy

Pit Bed

Pompey Portsmouth

Pongo Soldier

Proffed Aquired something by dubious methods

Punkah louvre An adjustable ventilation hole

Pusser The Navy

Quaf fTo drink

Rabbits Presents or souvenirs

Rat-arsed Drunk

RDP Run down period (period just before going on draft when interest wanes)

Reggie Regulator (Naval policeman)

R.O.M.F.T. Roll On My Fucking Time (used by hacked of sailors eager to leave the Navy)

Roof rats Aircraft handlers

Roughers Rough seas

Rounds Routine inspections by an officer

Run ashore A night out

Sad on, have a To be depressed

Scab lifter Medical Assistant

Schoolie Instructor officer

Scran Food

Scran bag (1) A scruffy person

Scran bag (2) A bag for collected items of loose items of clothing and kit

Scratcher Bed

Sea dust Salt

Secure The end of the working day

Set Full beard

Shippers Shipmate

Shitehawk Seagull

Shithouse shinpad A method for transporting pornographic literature to the heads unnoticed.

Shitinit Be quiet!

Shitnicks Underpants

Shit on a raft Kidneys in gravy on fried bread

Shoot through Fail to turn up or leave run ashore early

Sickbay ranger Someone who spends a lot of time off sick

Sickbay shackle Safety pin

Singers Singapore

Sippers A sip of a drink

Skin Young and fresh-faced

Slide Butter

Slops Clothing Issue Store

Snorkers Sausages

Snorkers in fearnought Sausage rolls

Sods opera A show put on at sea by the ships company

Spin To tell or explain

Split-arse Wren

Spondoolies Money

Sprog (1) Child

Sprog (2) Someone who has only been in the Navy for a short time

Sports pages Saucy letter from a wife of girlfriend

Squeezing Suffering from a sexually transmitted disease

StokerMarine engineering mechanic

Stand easy Tea break

Steaming bats Service issue non-slip work boots

Sub Stand in for duty

Sun dodger Submariner

Swamp Wet yourself or wet your bed

Tea & stickies Friendly non-alcoholic hospitality

Thin out Leave (the vicinity)

Three-badgeman Someone with 3 good conduct badges (12 years service) and usually has not advanced beyond Able Rate.

Tiff Artificer (engineering technician)

Tilly Minibus

Tot A measure of rum

Townie A shipmate from the same home town

Turn to Start work

Two's up Reserving position eg "two's up with that book"

Uckers A mess game. A variation of Ludo.

Upper scupper Upper deck

Wafu A member of the Fleet Air Arm

Wardroom The officers' mess

Watch on stop on Continuous duty without relief

Wet A drink

Winger (wings) A friend

Wing it Make it up as you go along

Woolly pully Service issue woollen pullover

Yonks A long time

Zeds Sleep

The Fusilier
4 months ago
The Fusilier 4 months ago

Good one John.


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