Sea Jargon

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Sea Jargon: A Dictionary of the Unwritten Language of the Sea

Sea Jargon by Lew Lind found at Novel Lines bookshop

Sea Jargon: A Dictionary of the Unwritten Language of the Sea

Do not enter the seven seas without this book!  If a sailor walks past you and says, “Oh dear, *Do talk”, you might be in trouble.   If ‘Fleet Week’ enters your port side town and a handsome sailor offered you some *Giggle water or *Glitter, would you accept?   Have you ever played *Strongback?  If someone suggested you should start *Sucking the monkey, what would you do? And who is this old *Flamer they do not like to speak of? 

Fortunately Lew Lind has collated this wonderful little book full of sea jargon and unwritten language of the sea.  A hilarious flick through, excellent resource and interesting find.  So for all you sea men and women out there, wordsmiths and lovers of Sailor Jerry tattoos; stay off the *Stagger juice and make sure you don’t embarrass yourself in front of those sailors! 

*Do Talk N. Smelly feet or any objectionable smell close to where a sailor sleeps.
Flamer N. & M.S. An old sailor’s name for the Devil.  Superstition forbade them from using the actual word. 
Giggle water N. Beer or any light alcoholic drink.
Glitter N. Marmalade jam
Strongback N. A form of leapfrog played by sailors in the sailing navy. It was played by two teams and had a range of variations.
Sucking the monkey N. & M.S. The  smuggling into a ship coconuts filled with alcohol.  The contents were sucked out through the nut’s eye.
Stagger Juice N. Rum
(Please note: This book has now been sold)

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