Origins of Military sayings

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  1. Ease Springs - Not as some might think originally an Army line but actually Naval, referring to the criss cross bow and stern spring warps that prevent lateral movement when moored - they have to be tightened and eased on rise and fall of the tide. Any more?
  2. When it's time to sack it for the day we are told to 'Knock off'. Again not an army term but from the old Fire Brigade order to 'Knock off & make up'.... ie. Disconnect the hose and put it away before getting back to the fire station.
  3. Surely "Ease Springs" is to do with easing the tension on the spring that pushes the top part of the gun forwards after cocking or reloading?

    Anyway, Roger is said after receiving a radio transmission because Roger used to be the phonetic equivalent to R in the phonetic alphabet, roger meaning Received.
  4. Of course that is waht we use it for and it fits, nevetheless its' origins are naval. Like brass monkeys!
  5. I know a lot come from India.
    Putting in your "Dobi" for example.
  6. I once found a link to the phrase "sweet smell of success" and it had been attributed it to Napoleon.

    After winning a battle and the stumpy one needing some R&R, word would be sent back to his bint, Josephine, "We won pet, stop washing your bits now".

    A few weeks later, when he got home, and getting a whiff of the fishy aroma would say "Ahh, the sweet smell of success", before going down on her like a dog with a plate of hot chips.

    Unfortunately I cant find the original link, or any other one to back this up (despite trying repeatedly).
  7. Being 'sent to Coventry' referred to the days of City and Guilds when a tradesman who fell out with his comrades had to ply his trade in Coventry as it was the only city without City and Guilds.

    The Navy term 'heads' harks back to the sailing ships of old. There were no internal toilets so the crew used the rail. Because officers would be placed in a vulnerable position they used to have a RM escort who would shout out 'heads' meaning turn your head away to the ordinary crewmen so that the officer could be about his business without observation and in comparative safety.
  8. What a gem - a little bit of wee has escaped :lol:
  9. I have read this too. Although old stumpy would send a messenger 3 DAYS before he got back to the fragrant Josephine. 3 weeks, christ, he would yack in her bunghole :p
  10. 3days, 3 weeks, it was a couple of years ago when I found the story so my timings are off, just wish I had saved the page.

    Although i have tried repeatedly to re-search for the origins of this saying, I cant find anything.
  11. "Give them the whole 9 yards", apparently refers to the 27 feet length of the mk1 Vickers machine gun.
  12. 'We're gonna illum the whole fuggin strip' is apparently a Jewish fire order for the guns...thank god/eric/allah for the guns..
  13. Just added a word.