September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
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)