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Old 31-08-2016, 08:19   #1
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Oh that dumb sailor talk...

As a navy wife I long ago became accustom to to my husband calling a floor a deck, a wall a bulkhead and our bathroom the head. I was not even greatly surprised to receive messages of “well done” after the births of our children. But I was taken aback when, after a long sea-duty separation, my husband looked over at me in bed and announced, “it’s good to have you alongside.”

Pilfered from the June 1985 edition of Reader’s Digest. Submitted by Jean Sundt
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As a navy wife I long ago became accustom to to my husband calling a floor a deck, a wall a bulkhead and our bathroom the head. I was not even greatly surprised to receive messages of “well done” after the births of our children. But I was taken aback when, after a long sea-duty separation, my husband looked over at me in bed and announced, “it’s good to have you alongside.”

Pilfered from the June 1985 edition of Reader’s Digest. Submitted by Jean Sundt
That's pretty funny, nice find
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LOL! That brought back so many memories all at once! Was out on USS Iowa BB61 sea trials when my daughter was born in '85, Red Cross message from me on the ship to my wife saying "Bravo Zulu!". 2nd marraige during my Naval career my wife started using that "dumb sailor language" back at me....Me: "Hey Hon, where you at?" Her: "Down in the F#$king Galley, where else? What was for chow on the ship today? Bet it was sliders and fries again wasn't it? You still need to swab the fantail (sundeck out back) before Liberty Call like you promised, remember? Oh, and it's Cinderella liberty tonight for you and the rest of the Squids. And yeah, I've talked to the rest of the Anchors (Navy Wives). You have to be at Quarters at Oh-8-Hundred tomorrow before Capn's Mast @ O-9-Hundred. Yeah, read the POD (Plan of the Day) too".

Like I said, brought back a lot of memories alright
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Good one!
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Re: Oh that dumb sailor talk...

I am fond of using "belay" at work. Also tend to use things like "make fast" and "secure" instead of "tie" or the like. And it drives people nuts when I talk about temperature and measurements in metric.

Ashore, I often will give my young daughter instructions in foreign languages. It gets shocked looks from strangers in stores when I switch from English to what I presume to be their language. The Mandarin speakers laugh when I tell her to "hurry up". I think she knows "straight ahead" in four languages, and I just added another "I don't know" with "je ne sais pas". I use the military "special forces" hand signals to convey "get your butt over here" and "move" so I don't have to shout in crowds.

Sadly, I have never truly mastered pirate speak.
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@ Tetepare...."Ishta!" ("How cool is that?" in Egyptian Arabic). Nearly 20 years after retiring am still using that "dumb sailor language" on a daily basis. My desert dog understands my hand signals (some special forces hand signals, some I dreamed up).

And pirate speak is highly overrated...mostly used by drunk power boaters partying during spring break to try and impress themselves and hot chicks....just sayin'.
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I knew a Fire Chief in a small town who put a green spotlight on the right side of his vehicles. When I asked why he said "There's already a red one to port, now people know which way to run ".
He was retired Navy.
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Thats nothing. I was at a ballet and asked my date to hand me the manual (program).
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Funny stories all
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Wench : Does ye remember the time that we was cuddlin' ?

Pirate : I neva cuddled no one! I mighta ben rapin' ye, but I kill everone I rape.


Monty Python? Yellowbeard?

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Dumb or not, my favorite Aussie boat name was WOFTAM! That's sailor talk for related expenses>
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Don't sweat the load
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There is an oilfield story about a drilled who took his little boy to the rig to show him what daddy did. The day after his mother asked the boy to take the rubbish out "To hell with it we'll leave it for the graveyard crew." the boy replied. Mom threatened "Johnny I'm going to tell your father about this." the boy replied "Go ahead suck-butt, I was getting ready to spool my line anyway."
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As a navy wife I long ago became accustom to to my husband calling a floor a deck, a wall a bulkhead and our bathroom the head. I was not even greatly surprised to receive messages of “well done” after the births of our children. But I was taken aback when, after a long sea-duty separation, my husband looked over at me in bed and announced, “it’s good to have you alongside.”

Pilfered from the June 1985 edition of Reader’s Digest. Submitted by Jean Sundt
1985 Readers Digest? You must have been sitting in a doctor's waiting room.

Funny story!
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1985 Readers Digest? You must have been sitting in a doctor's waiting room.

Funny story!
Doctors office? I thought you were only allowed to read Readers Digest while pooping.

Have I had it wrong all this time?
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