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Thread #22581 Message #3490191
Posted By: bubblyrat
14-Mar-13 - 07:58 AM
Thread Name: Help: Meaning of 'Chicken on a Raft'
Subject: RE: Help: Meaning of 'Chicken on a Raft'
Some Naval slang from my 11 years ;
Dabtoes - Seamen ,usually specifically boats ( cutter,whaler etc ) crews , as they wore white plimsolls.( US-gumshoes ?)
Bootnecks - Marines
Fish-heads - General Service (surface fleet ) sailors
Airey Fairies - Fleet Air Arm ( naval aviation) personnel
Joss Man - The Master -At-Arms
Jaunty - ditto
Joss Man's Runner - Miserable ,anchor-faced type who wanted to become a "Crusher" ( Regulator) the bastard.
Anchor Faced - Excessively keen and enthusiastic about the Navy
Big OD - Opposite of the above
Big F - Commander (Air)
Little F -- Lt.Commander (Flying)
Pier Head Jump - An unexpected sudden draft (posting) to a ship
Burbs - Rain coat
Windy Burbs - Jacket ,Working ,Windproof
Wanchai Burbs - Oriental bamboo and paper umbrella
Pusser's Hard - Hard,unpleasant-smelling Royal Navy soap
Dhobi or Dhobey - Washing , laundry
Dhobey-Dust - Powder for above
Dhobey-Bucket- Container for above !
Magic Dhobey -Bucket - Washing machine !
Shall I continue ?? There's lots more !