Jack Speak Guidline

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  1. Can anyone please give the low-down on all the nicknames for certain classes in the navy. I.E: army - bootnecks, Navy - matlocks (I think I heard right). And if you can where the heck these nicknames originated from.
  2. Army = Squaddies
    Royal Marines = Bootnecks, booties
    Navy = Matelot (Pronnounced Matt-low)
    RAF = Crabs, waste of space, waste of money etc

    Then there are other nicknames for each branch, sqn, regiment, job type etc I am sure if you look it up you will discover their origins. Also don't worry too much until you get in the forces, no one likes a know it all in phase one training.
  4. I love that...

    Q. How do you seperate the men from the boys in the Navy?

    A. With a crowbar.

  5. Cheesewire used to suffice.
  6. That was before viagra.
  7. I'm not quite sure which terms you would like explained.

    A Bootneck/bootie is a Royal Marine. In the 19th century, their tunics had leather fastenings on the collar to keep it closed. This might explain that. US Marine Corps personnel are called Leathernecks for similar reasons.

    Crab Air - Crabs - The RAF. The colour of their uniforms was similar to that of a substance common at the time when the RAF was formed, a jelly called crabfat - mercuric oxide sold for the treatment of body lice - "crabs".

    Perce is what Royal Marines call someone in the Army - short for Percy Pongo.

    A matelot is someone in the Royal Navy, as you know, and is the French word for sailor.

    I'm confused by your asking for "nicknames for certain classes in the Navy" and then saying "army - bootnecks, Navy - matelots." Ask if you have any others, though.
  8. Wafu, Cab, Jockey, Looker, Chockhead, Bombhead, Badger, Grubber, Pinkie, Greenie . This one wont be that easy for you !!! Maam :lol: :lol: " "Howdah"
  9. Apologies, but I was led to believe the Royal Marines were called booties because they used to take their boots off and hold them in their mouths with the boot laces when coming on shore.
    I know under combat conditions that would be a stupid thing to do, but I didn't ask for the circumstances when they would do it.
  10. It would appear you were led up the garden path.
  11. Funnily enough that is the phrase I was thinking of as I wrote it.

    It was a Sgt Major who told me, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
  12. In Vicky barracks I once heard Marines referred to as "Bastard Booties", where does that originate? :roll: :roll: :D
  13. Don't shoot the messenger. It was merely an origin I was told and it has now been corrected.
  14. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Why not buy a copy of Jack Speak by Rick Jollie, usually available on ebay or Amazon, that will answer all of your questions
  15. I have an overwhelming desire to give you a nickname. It did pissypants Patrick no harm, so I feel we should share our collective wisdom and baptise you with a dreadful name.

    Any suggestions for young Soothsayer here? Make it good and it'll stick fellas.
  16. Funnily enough I had seen such a book on amazon only a few days ago.
  17. Scouse,

    Especially for you ............ see what you think .........


    Someone in the Fleet Air Arm or something appertaining to it.

    It's said that it is because Wafus are "Wet And :oops: err Flipping Useless", but it's really because Stores had a category called WAFU which stood for Weapons And Fuel Users, in which they kept sleeveless anti-stat sheepskin jerkins which they only gave out to chockheads and the like working up on the flight-deck.


    Helicopter or Fighter.






    A Rating who is an Aircraft Handler.


    Used to be someone in the old Naval Air Mechanic (Ordnance) Branch but nowadays a Weapons Engineering Rating dealing with aircraft armament.


    A guy on the flight-deck who would have been responsible for the catapults and jet-blast deflectors (and wearing a white surcoat with a black stripe, hence badger ...).


    Air Engineering Mechanic or Officer.


    An artificer dealing with radar/radio gear (the old RN aircraft servicing forms had pink log sheets for radar/radio details).


    Someone in the Electrical Branch. Electrical Engineer Officers used to have green distinction cloths on their sleeves i.e. green bands interwoven between the gold lacing.


    The control position, operated by hydraulics, on the flight-deck, where you would have found the duty badger controlling the catapults.
  18. Go to the top of the class Maam, though i do believe Radio/Radar Officers had Pink between rings. Thus all R ratings were known as Pinkies, same as the Green between rings for Electrical Officers as you noted, Thus all E ratings as Greenies as you said 10 out of 10 for the Howdah, though a chockhead did lurk in there as well :lol: :lol: :lol:
  19. Not forgetting logistics....used to be writer or the better sounding scribes. Held the power of life and death over those wanting to go ashore in Singers but had no ickies (money) due to a particularly vicious night of 3 card brag in the butchers grot (messdeck).

    Also doled out extra fag stamps to deserving causes - usually for sippers or gulpers (rum).

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