I keep checking in on you. I'm usually running out of minutes by the time I get to commenting. Sorry.I didn't follow th link in this post, but I saw mention of Squidward, and I was one. Edward + Navy (ie., a squid)= Squidward. So I figured thi was where I was meant to check in with you.
That brings up a thought, R'Ed. I was in the service during the Navy's transition from swabbies to squids. I never did know exactly when that happened and just who decides those sort of things. We've a post WWII, pre Korean War Gunners Mate in our church and I asked him how he viewed the term swabbie. He said it all depended on the situation and tone used. In some cases, it was considered good-natured inter-service joking. In other cases, it might be considered an affront and one that couldn't be taken as a joke.I'm also curious when the term gob became swabbie. But no one I know has the answer to that one.
Gob was British, and really, there's no accounting for why the Brits call things what they do.I don't care for the term at all, as it conjures up images of hocked up loogies. Swabbie, squid, ad I suppose even tar (again, why?) are fine by me. Just not gob.
I recall somewhere that tar had something to do with sailors would use tar on their hair to form a small pigtail. This was to keep 'em looking spiffy and neat and not have hair falling out from under their hat or sumtin' like that. I guess a google search would likely answer that one.Were you in with Elmo Zumwalt, Ed? I remember Elmo's Navy had beards, long hair and beer in the barracks and favored casual accouterments.
Yes. I was bearded for about a year and a half.Surprisingly, a lot of us learned that the beards were being taken away from the San Diego Union rather than official channels.
Elmo was the youngest admiral ever, I think. Pretty impressive guy.What's a San Diego Union?
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