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Naval Slang Echo to Hotel


Lantern Swinger

Ear pounding Bollicking
Egg Banjo Eggs in a long bread roll (similar to a French stick) smothered in ketchup or brown sauce. Usually obtained East of Suez.
Egyptian AFO's Pornographic books with poor spelling - see AFO
Elmer An American
Essence Word to describe something beautiful (usually female)
Exped Adventurous training


Falls Ropes for raising/lowering boats (see marry the falls)
Fang farrier Dentist
Fanny Liquid container eg Rum Fanny
Fanny rat Womaniser
Fast black Taxi (orig Singapore)
Father Famine Caterer etc or Supply Officer responsible for food
Feed 'em rice Uncaring
FES (pronounced Fezz) Far East Station
FFO Furnace fuel oil
FFSBU For F***s sake buck up
Fid Small marline spike or a sheaf of papers
Fish head General Service personnel (word used by Wafoos)
Figgy duff Suet pudding, usually with fruit
Flaked out Asleep or lying in relaxed position
Flag 8 Women in the vicinity
Flags Senior Rate Yeoman Signalman
Flanker Pull a fast one as in "work a flanker"
Flash up (1) Lose your temper
Flash up (2) Start machinery/main engines etc
Float test Ditch something overboard or getting rid of something
Flog yer log Masturbate
FOD Foreign Object Damage
Free gangway Able to proceed ashore without formal inspection
Friday while Long weekend leave
FRISP F*****g repulsive ignorant Scottish pig (Rosyth Dockyard Matey)


Gannet Greedy
Gas & gaiters Gunnery rating
Gash Surplus to requirements
Gash hand Useless rating normally
Get your hat See in the (Rattle)
Get your lagging on Getting dressed for going ashore
Get your lagging off Get your knickers off
G.I. Gunnery Instructor
Gizzits Free gift of any description
Gnats piss Weak beer
Go round the buoy Repeat, take a second helping
Gobbler’s gulch Area between stocking top and suspender belt
Gob shite Loudmouth
God walloper Chaplain/Padre
Goffer Big breaking wave. Fruit flavoured soft drink
Goofer Spectator
Green rub Unjust treatment, detailing, draft etc
Greenies Electricians
Grey Funnel Line The (seagoing) Royal Navy
Grippo Free treat - usually by a civilian
Gronk An ugly woman
Gronk board Mess board with pictures of ugly women
Guard & steerage 30 minute lie in for non watchkeepers working late
Gulpers Very generous gesture regarding rum usually given for a big favour eg sub for duty. 8 gulpers = 1 tot.
Gut (The) Strait Street, Valetta Malta (in)famous for bars/loose women (Gippo Queen, Sugars etc)
Guzz Plymouth
Gyro failure Staggering after having one too many


Half a dog watch Short time- usually derogative about length of service
Handsomely Slowly and carefully eg lowering a seaboat
Hang out of Cohabit with a woman
Hard cheese (see below)
Hard shit! Bad luck
Hard Tack Ship's biscuit
Harries Anything you don't know the name of
Head down Sleep: ‘Get your head down’
Heads Toilet
Heads (Captain of) Rating responsible for cleaning toilets
Hedgehog Oversized prickly & painful bowel motion. Exceeds babies heads (2) in discomfort
Herrings in Herrings in tomato sauce (HITS)
Hoggin The sea
Homeward bounders Large, untidy stitches
Honk Smell offensively
Honk (your ring up) Be violently sick
Honky Fid Hong Kong
Hook Anchor
Hooky A leading hand
Housewife Sewing kit - usually issued on joining up
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