Poms or Kippers?

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

Seaweed

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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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