PUSSERS SLANG INDEX

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This list is of SOME common slang terms used in Pussers (RAN).  Some of these terms are also used by other navies (RN, NZN etc).

The Andrew

Royal Navy - a term rarely used in the RAN

Arpie (RP) Pussers radar plotter

Bang-box

The gun turret (on big ships)

Bang

To have sex, (usually with a woman who is too drunk to confirm it)

Bangers & mash Sausages & mashed potato

Banyan

A sometimes impromptu beach party with a Barbie and a perhaps a can or two

Beagle, Butler Steward, Captains steward

Belay

To cease doing something

Birdie Fleet Air Arm sailor(s)

Bite

To fool somebody into doing or believing something stupid

Blue Orchid Air force (RAAF) person - male or female

Bonedome

Head - usually bald

Bones Generally the Sick Bay Tiffy - sometimes the Doctor
Bones Mah-jongg tiles
BR A book of Reference or ANY book
Brew A cup of tea or coffee
Buggie Dirty or unclean person or area - eg "Scran Bag" or "Buggie area"
Bumnuts Boiled eggs or just eggs
Burgoo Porridge  (rolled oats)

Bunting tosser

Signaller, any rank

Buzz

A rumour, sometimes true though usually not

CDF

Common Dog F--k  (Common sense)

Chippy

The ships carpenter, also a Naval Shipwright

Chop-chop

Move yer arse, go quickly

Civvies

Civilian clothes or Civilian people

Club swinger

PTI (Physical training instructor)

Cockie

Cockroach

Corned dog

Corned beef

Crash

Go to sleep

Crusher Naval patrolman
Derps Underwear - see also U-derps

Dhoby

To have a wash/shower or to wash your clothes  (Indian language)

Dhoby dust

Washing powder

Dib dab A seaman branch sailor - see also dibbie
Dibbie Dib-dab - a seaman branch sailor

Dig out

To make an all out effort

Dip out

To miss out on something: To dip out

Dit A book or a good story to read

Dockyard job

A big job or a major operation

Dog watch

Two 2 hour watches to equalise the roster, also a derogatory term for a short length of service

Doofer

A bit that goes on something, eg 'Pass the doofer' while pointing at the object, nut, washer, etc

Duff

Refers to sticky pudding or any sweet

Duffed Pregnant
Fang Tooth or to eat - see also "Yaffle"
Fang Bosun Dentist

Fang farrier

Dentist

Fart sack Bed, bunk or hammock

Fighting Irons

Knife, fork and spoon

Flag waver

Signaller, any rank

Flakers

Tired out

Flat

Open space between mess decks on board ship, ie canteen flat

Float test The final test for equipment which is unserviceable

Flunky

Officers steward  (probably the most hated job)

Food f--ker Navy cook see also Tucker f--ker

Foo Foo

Pussers foot powder or Baby powder

Four by Four

Pussers toilet paper

Fruit salad

Multiple medal ribbons worn together

Gash

Rubbish

Gash hand

One who is left over after the working party has been detailed off

Gen

The truth (genuine)

Gettas Thongs - usually illegal to wear onboard ship
Gippers Electrical current (ouch) or sauce or gravy
Goddam An American or Yank

Goffers

Cold fizzy drinks, A big wave

Gong Term for medals or decorations
Goofers Spectators looking at something

Green

Naive, gullible, not very knowledgeable

Green rub

Rotten job/duty etc

Greenie Pussers electrical branch member
Greenie A large wave breaking over the ship

Grey funnel line

Ships of the Royal Australian Navy

Grip

A smallish bag with two carrying handles

Hammock stower Large overweight female
Harpie Girlfriend, a bit on the side, the Missus  -  multiple meanings
Have a wet To have a drink

Heads

Toilets, from the old sailing ships where the toilets were directly beneath the figure head

Herrings in . . .

Kippers or Herrings in tomato sauce  ( pronounced " herrins in" )

Hong Kong BR A small Porno book purchased in Honkers

Honkers

Hong Kong

Hooker or Hook

Leading Sailor (Kellick)

Housewife Personal sewing kit

JarHead

A Marine - usually a US Marine

Jaw Bosun / Jawman See Nutman

Jimmy

First Lieutenant, XO or Number 1

Jimmy Rick "One-character" tile in Mah Jong
Jockstrap Sporty type / person
Jong Term for the Chinese game of Mah Jong
Jonty or Jaunty Master at Arms
Kip Short sleep or nap

Kit muster

A personal kit inspection, also describes being sick

Lid Junior or Senior Sailor's cap
Load Sexually Transmitted Disease

Loafing

Hanging around aimlessly, Dawdling along

Maccas (then) Lollies
Maccas (today) MacChuckburgers
Macca Muncher Somebody who likes lollies or sweets

Make and mend

Early finish afternoons - usually for some special occasion  Also called a "makers"

Make & mend sticks Golf clubs
Mickey Mouse Refers to any Kellick or PO without a good conduct badge (under 4 years)
MOBI Naval Apprentice ( Most Objectionable Bastards Imaginable )
Monkey Spunk Vegemite
MUPPET Naval Apprentice ( Most Useless Pricks Pussers Ever Trained )
Mystery Bag Meat pie or a sausage
Noisy Blue Blue-handled ratchet screwdriver
Nosh To eat, food, mainly a term used by the RN

Nutman

A "horses hoof" so to speak

Oggie

Cornish pastie see also "Tiddly Oggie"

Oggin

The sea or any stretch of water

Oppo, Stepping Oppo

Friend, Buddy, Running mate

Outside

Life after leaving the Navy

Party

Girlfriend

Pavement pizza

Vomit

Pen-pusher Writer

Pig / Grunter

Naval Officer

Piglets

Midshipmen

Pig sty

Officers Mess

Pill pusher The ships' Doctor

Pinged

To be spotted from a great distance, to be picked for a particularly dirty job

Pipe

Used on ships in place of the bugle, also the tannoy system on board ship

Piss paddling Barefoot - i.e. no thongs or sandals
Piss strainers Sautéed kidney (with bacon for breakfast)

Pit

Bed, bunk or hammock

Plastic eggs Pussers fried eggs (usually overdone)

Pongo

Anyone from the Army, Where the army goes the "pong" goes

Pope John steak Battered fish  (every Friday for lunch)

Pork Sword

Part of male anatomy, also known as Beef Bayonet, Luncheon Truncheon and Pink Oboe

Pussers

The Royal Australian Navy

Pussers hard

Pussers soap

Rabbits

Presents or souvenirs, unofficial jobs carried out by Vehicle Mechanics on civvie cars

Rack

Bunk, bed or hammock

Rawbone

Recruit

Redders

Tomato sauce

Red dick The Greenies favourite red-handled 10" screwdriver
Red dicks Frankfurters
RN Dhoby Using foo-foo instead of having a shower
RN Sauce / RNers Worcestershire sauce
RN Steak Liver or lambs fry
Rockers The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel (Rock 'n Roll Hotel) - now quite upmarket

Roughers

Stormy weather

Run Ashore

To go out for a few 'quiet' drinks,  a night out

Sack Fart sack, bunk, bed or hammock

Sad on

To be unhappy or pissed off

Scrambled Egg

Gold braid on caps of CMDR and above

Scran

Food or a meal

Scran bag

A scruffy individual who looks like his clothes have never been ironed

Scran bag

Also a collection point for loose bits of kit on a ship - a small fine is paid before retrieval

Scads Lots or a long time - see also Yonks
Screws Ships propellors
Scribe Writer
Scrub 'round it To veto something or to forget it

Sea daddy

An experienced Sailor who looks after a younger recruit to show him the ropes

Secure

To finish for the day or after a watch

Shiny arse

A clerk or writer

Shirt lifter

A person on "the other side" - see nutman

Shiters

Drunk (pronounced "shy-ters")

Sin bosun

Padre

Singers Singapore

Sippers

A sip of a drink

Skimmer Surface Sailor (Submariners terminology)
Slops Naval clothing stores or clothing purchased from stores
Snags Sausages

Snotty

Midshipman

Squarie

Your regular (serious) girlfriend

Standeasy

A break taken during the morning and the afternoon

Starvo

Naval victualler

Steamie / Stoker Pussers engineering branch person
Storm stick Umbrella
Suckhole To crawl to another

Swatties

Army personnel - see also pongo

Technicolor yawn

Vomit

Three badger

A Sailor with 3 good conduct stripes, (12 years undetected crime)

Tiddly gear Non standard clothes usually purchased at Sinbad's, Red Anchor or Glendennings

Tiddly Oggie

Cornish pastie see also "Oggie"

Tiffy Artificer

Train smash

Tinned tomato with bacon, onion & cheese (Tomato au Gratin)

Tucker f--ker Navy cook

Uckers

A game loosely based on ludo, probably caused more fights than almost anything else

U-derps or Derps Underwear
Up the duff Pregnant
Wanchai burberry Colourful Asian cane umbrella

Ward room

Officers mess on board ship as well as in a shore establishment

Worms in redlead

Spaghetti in tomato sauce

Wooly pully

The thick issue jumper

Yaffle 

To eat

Yaffling irons

Knife, fork and spoon

Yellow peril

Smoked Haddock

Yippee beans Baked beans - also known in some circles as blurters (beanz meanz fartz)

Yomp 

To force march with a heavy load

Yonks

A long time

Zap

To shoot something, or an electric shock

Zeds

To get some sleep

Zulu

Greenwich meantime