If you happened to find yourself on board a Navy ship, would you have any idea what your fellow sailors were trying to tell you? Would you know what to do with a chit? Would you think scuttlebutt was a word meaning that people were gossipping? What might be a crank, a Cadillac or a knee knocker?
You're the type of person that has always found different languages or dialects fascinating. You love to know more about other worlds. You have a thirst for knowledge in general, but what is more fascinating than studying the words of a group of people or a culture that is meant just for them, that others are not supposed to understand?
So before you enlist and head on out to parts unknown while traveling through the worlds vast oceans, you might want to prove to yourself, and to us too, that you are an expert on Navy slang.
It doesn't matter whether you wind up being a snipe, an airedale, or a bubblehead, you're going to need to prove you can hang with your fellow sailors when it comes to understanding their lingo and slang. We are pretty sure you can pass muster, but you're still going to have to take this quiz to prove it.
Most people would call it a floor in civilian life. But the floor of a ship is called the deck.
If you hear the common phrase, "All hands on deck" it means everyone aboard a ship must head to the deck. If you're late, you might be putting your hands on the deck, all right, as in 100 pushups.
The word boat is often used for submarines. But it can also refer to just about any seaworthy vessel that's used to travel bodies of water.
On a ship, never call it "rope," or you'll out yourself as a novice. Line is used for all sorts of important functions on a ship, such as mooring the ship to a dock.
It's never a good thing if a ship turns turtle, or capsizes. But if it does, you hope it's the enemy ship instead of yours.
A "field day" sounds like fun ... until you realize that it means to clean the whole ship. Sooner or later, all sailors wind up on field day chores.
Knots indicate a ship's speed. It is measured as one nautical mile per hour, and no, it's not equivalent to the miles per hour units used on land.
A ship that leaves dock is casting off. It means the boat is leaving its moorings. It's often a bittersweet moment for sailors headed to war.
In the Navy, you'll often hear the phrase, "Aye, aye Captain." It means that a sailor understands the Captain's orders.
"Bird" is a common military term for aircraft. Thanks in large part to aircraft carriers, birds are a vital part of a modern-day naval force.
"Get your eyes in the boat!" It means that you need to pay attention and do your job instead of screwing around.
The head is the ship's toilet. And yes, in the old days, they smelled really, really bad.
Arresting gear is meant to snag aircraft that are landing on a carrier. It can be as simple as a chain or cable meant to stop the plane before it runs off of the landing surface and into the sea. Because, you know, that would be a very expensive mistake.
"Make way for the captain!" It means to get out of the way. This phrase is also used between ships to designate right-of-way.
The bow is the front of the ship. The stern is the rear side of the ship. Confuse the two and you'll be mocked mercilessly during your time on the ship.
A ship's stores are just about anything that's carried as cargo or gear. During long journeys, stores are a vital part of the mission.
Sailors don't typically want to be beached. It means they've been sent ashore, possibly due to a serious mistake or infraction.
Officers are the lucky people who get the staterooms. As you can imagine, these quarters are typically nicer than those given to enlisted men.
The amp tramp is, of course, the ship's electrician. When fuses blow and circuits break, the amp tramp is the guy you need.
The scullery is a space reserved for dish cleaning and other dirty housekeeping work on a ship. If you're an enlisted sailor, at some point you'll wind up in the scullery.
Aircraft carriers are sometimes called "bird farms." Why? Because they carry the birds (aircraft) that make the carrier such a powerful weapon.
To "turn to" means to start work. It's the same routine each day -- report to duty and then turn to.
Don't want those old missiles? Give them the old "float test" and chuck them overboard. They didn't float?%0D Oh well, no one will ever know, trust me.
The weather deck is any part of the deck that sees weather. If there are inclement conditions on the weather deck, you'd best be dressed for it.
It's definitely not extra crispy and delicious. A Big Chicken Dinner is a Bad Conduct Discharge, and it's akin to a felony conviction.
A "pollywog" is a sailor who hasn't crossed the Equator. In other words, they haven't really done much sailing.
A Navy brat is someone who grew up in a Navy family. In many cases, Navy brats (like Army or Air Force brats) move around a lot due to their parents' occupations.
A blue nose is a sailor who has crossed either the Antarctic or Arctic Circle (or both). Their noses are "blue" because it's very, very cold in those locations.
The ship galley is the kitchen. On some ships, it's a place for great food. On a Navy ship during wartime the food may not be anything to write home about.
To "deep six" something is to discard it. It can also refer to burial at sea.