Naval Slang Mike to Papa

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    Mailey/mailies Letters from/to home usually See bluey
    Make and Mend Afternoon off (usually given after a middle watch)
    Make and Mend with leave or Sports Make and Mend Self explanatory. (Orig. when sailors had to make own clothes and were given afternoon off to repair them - hence make and mend)
    Magic Stick The Majestic Ballroom in Guzz
    Maltese breaststroke Pulling hands towards chest as if piling up money
    Mankey Filthy
    Marry the falls Bringing the ropes together when lowering a seaboat
    Marsovin & 7 Up Lethal Maltese cocktail
    Matelot Sailor
    Medical stoppage Leave/tot stopped (see catch the boat up)
    Messdeck dodger Messdeck sweeper or cleaner
    Mick Hammock (‘sling me mick’)
    Mickey Duck Cartoon film
    Mickey Mouse Killick Leading Hand with no Good Conduct Badges
    Middle Watch Midnight to 0400 (4am) shift (or watch)
    Milestone Extra large wave periodically encountered
    Mogadogshit Mogadishu (Somalia)
    Mombers Mombasa, Kenya - see Black Ham
    Muck on a truck Meals on wheels (usually for ships in refit)
    Muff diver Rating given to oral intercourse
    Mulct Stoppage of pay (disciplinary punishment)
    Muscle bosun PTI, or body-builder rating
    Musical fruit Baked beans or pussers peas
    Muster Gather together as a group eg Duty watch muster


    NAAFI rating No ambition and f*** all interest
    Nap hand Unlucky, contracting both gonorrhoea & syphilis/crabs
    Navy cake Homosexual sailor
    Neaters Unwatered rum
    Necky Got a nerve (as in more neck than a 3 badge giraffe at action stations with a make and mend chit)
    Netley Naval nuthouse - now a housing development
    Nettles The cords that make up a hammocks clews
    Nigerian lager Guinness
    Nix and flip flops Jacks bathroom attire
    North-easter Rating having no money on pay day - NE: not entitled
    Number One First Lieutenant or Chinese Laundryman
    Number Two/Three etc Laundryman's assistants
    Nutty Sweets
    Nutty Bosun Someone with a sweet tooth


    Oggie Cornish pasty or native of Cornwall
    Old ships Old shipmate – someone previously served with
    Oppo Close chum
    Out of watch ‘Getting a bit’ with a lady – not one’s wife/girlfriend
    Out pipes Stop smoking and get back to work
    Over the wall Spell in detention quarters


    P7R Medical category - Unfit for sea
    PVR Premature Voluntary Release (see D by P)
    Panic Bosun Someone who is excitable
    Part of Ship (POS) Place of duty or compartment/workspace you are responsible for
    Party Sailors steady girlfriend
    Pash Girlfriend
    Pea-doo Long service and good conduct medal (origin obscure - but possibly "Pay Due" because of the £20 gratuity that used to be paid on award). The LS & GC was introduced on the 24th August 1831.
    Pension trap Some mishap that may prevent Jack collecting his pension after his 22
    Phoo-phoo Talcum powder
    Pierhead jump Draft at very short notice
    Pig RN Officer (impolite)
    Pipe Bosuns whistle blown, normally precedes an order
    Pipe down Keep silence or "out lights" and turn in
    Pi-r squared rating One who can do sums, studious (derogatory)
    Pissed off Fed up
    Piss flap Buttoned flap on sailors trousers
    Piss poor Not very good
    PJ Poxy Jock (origin - Faslane)
    Plushers/plussers Rum remaining in tub after issue made - later Queens
    Pongo Army personnel
    Porridge guns Bagpipes
    Potmess Messdeck stew
    POTS Petty Officer Telegraphist
    Pox doctor’s clerk Generally lucky
    Punkah louvre Forced air ventilation (orig India)
    Pusher Another term for girlfriend
    Pusser Supply officer or someone very formal navy-style
    Pussers Crabfat Ship's side grey paint
    Pussers Hard Navy soap

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