Poms or Kippers?

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  1. canteenflat

    canteenflat Guest

    Now the Aussies are in denial over the Ashes, have they resorted to calling us Kippers rather than Poms?

    The Far East Fleet's messdecks would once have resounded with this piece of doggerel--"Was it an Aussie a Kiwi or Kipper that damned elusive phantom flipper?" It was invariably the ship's Chancre Bos'n or Coder(Ed) Or, if you were lucky, both.
     
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  2. 21_Man

    21_Man New member

    Kipper.....being.....Two-faced and gutless?
     
  3. canteenflat

    canteenflat Guest

    Rather worse. Yellow, two-faced and gutless
     
  4. Plus the smell, mustn't forget that.
     
  5. Gino

    Gino Badgeman

    Here on the other side of the pond, we in the Canadian Navy have affectionately referred to those of the RN as "Kippers" for many, many years. Not really heard outside of naval circles, though.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
  6. Rumrat

    Rumrat War Hero

    I'll give you the drum mate, I recon you's are being handed a furphy.
    When I grew up in Oz, a "kipper" was an expression used to describe a young Abo lad, or someone usually a youth who could not/ would not leave the parental home.
    I always thought a kipper was a British slang term for a matelot, used by the brown boys.
     
  7. canteenflat

    canteenflat Guest

    Abo? Brown Boys? They'll be sending Harriet 'round to give you a good seein' to.
     
  8. dollygee

    dollygee New member

    Bad feet were always referred to as Dodgy Kippers!
     
  9. Rumrat

    Rumrat War Hero

    If they send Harriet round it might not be me who gets the seeing to, being among other things a tart, I deffo would probe her kipper.^^^^:happy8:
     
  10. Kipper?

    I always thought that was a Spithead Pheasant?

    Pom?

    Surely that was Pussers Powdery Stuff predating:

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    ??Confused of Corsham??
     
  11. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    The RAN cadets (uncouth lot) who joined up with us in 1955 always referred to us RNs as 'kippers'. Never did know why.
     

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