boat jibes and jabsi posted something over at my home blog that got me thinking about the stuff we used to say to each other on the boat. one of my friends remarked once that nukes raised sarcasm to the level of a performing art. taking shots at each other verbally, with particularly cruel ones scoring the highest, was not only common , but required. good training for life, i guess, because it takes a lot to fire me up.
so what were some of the common ones you remember? i'll start with:
- you've got rack burns! this of course was to signify the target was a lazy good for nothing rack hound, spending so much time in the bunk that his face wrinkled like sitting in a tub too long.
- along with #1 above, saying someone was suffering from compression wrinkles was a nicer way to say you spend too much time in the rack, but it's probably due to the length of time at sea, hence under compression, than due to inherent laziness.
- you're nothing but a flob. calling someone a flob, or "free-loading oxygen breather" was just about the nastiest thing you could call someone except:
- if you were a nuke, calling someone a sonar girl was probably the harshest. for nukes, life never ever got easy. many is the time in port when we were doing 12 on 12 off shifts for testing or repairs, and sonar division was only on board for musters and duty days.
curious minds want to know.
oh, and Merry Christmas everybody, and for you kids still on active duty, Thank You from the bottom of my heart.