A Glossary of Military Terminology, Jargon, and Slang
compiled and edited by Jeff Crowell

    •     Copyright: This Sailor Speak glossary was created and has been maintained by Jeff Crowell since 1990. Corrections, comments, or suggestions for improvement will be welcomed. This information may not be reproduced or otherwise displayed without the express consent of the author. All rights reserved.
    •     Special Note: Since days of yore the military in general, and sailors in particular, have often had a rather pithy (dare I say tasteless?) manner of speech. That may be changing somewhat in these politically correct times, but to Bowdlerize the sailor's language represented here would be to deny its rich history. The traditions and origins remain. While I have attempted to present things with a bit of humor, if you are easily offended, this glossary may not be for you. You have been warned!

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