Where the Army goes the PONG GOES!

PONG GOES: PONGOS Am I a daft arrse?

  • Yeah, daft as a badgers XYZ - everyone knows that.

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#2
Crabs are called crabs because the badge worn by RAF movement staff is........ a Crab! ;)
 
#4
It also comes from the practice of side slipping when coming into land in a cross wind. The RAF call the action 'crabbing' hence Crabs.
 
#6
Matt Lo is stood next to me at the moment, but hes not in the Navy.
 
#7
I'd heard that Crabs were so called because when they were given there uniforms, (once destined for pre-revolutionary Russia - I believe), they were the same colour as a lotion used to cure pubic lice!
 
#8
I thought crabs were crab because their unifomr colour is crab blue or something.

Or they are actually crustaceans.
 
#9
they certainly smell of fish.
 
#11
All right! I get the drift I'm as daft as a badgers... Sympathy someone please... Please lie: pretend you didn't know...

Thanks for the dodgy CRAB answers... But I still don't know who is right...

And that's reared another problem: Matelots? Whasthatabout? Sheeet - this'll be never ending - but one good answer'll do.

(I must have had my head up my arrse instead of reading it for all my service)
 
#12
Not sure if I'm falling for a Waaaahhh here, but here goes:

Crabs short for crab fat, because all those shot down pilots in WW2 made the crabs in the English Channel fat

Matelow is from a French word meaning 'bed partner', as there were only 1/2 or 1/3 of the number of beds on board ship to the number of crewmen. You slept in shifts and one bed was allocated to several crewmen.

The above info is my belief - I stand by to be told otherwise. ;)


Edited 'cos my spelling sucked 1st time round
 
#13
[French, from matelot, sailor, from Old French matenot, sailor, bunkmate, possibly from Middle Dutch mattenoot (perhaps from matte, bed from Late Latin matta; see mat1 + noot, fellow) or from Old Norse mötunautr, messmate (mata, food, mess + nautr, companion).]
 
#14
Their not matelots their skates not exactly sure where the term comes from ,but they dont like it so thats all that matters :lol:
 
#15
"Crab" is from Pussser's Crab Fat, the nickname of an navy anti-corrosive (or pubic lice cream, cause well, that's more fun!) that came in a container the same fetching shade of blue.
 
#16
DMP has it right and I understand the colour was an exact match for the RAF uniform, hence Crab Fat Blue.
john
"Where the Army goes the PONG GOES!"
Haven't heard that in 20 years.
 
#17
I have heard the old saying that where the army goes, the pong goes.

Also, Pongo is the generic name for 2 secies of Orang Utang gorillas.
 
#19
regarding the skate thing - insult from Plymouth (GUZZ) sailors to Portsmouth (Pompey) women; i.e. f*cking you is like f*cking a skate, cold, wet and smelling of fish!
 
#20
woody said:
Their not matelots their skates not exactly sure where the term comes from ,but they dont like it so thats all that matters :lol:
I always thought that submariners called their ship borne collegues Skates because their ships skate along the surface.
 

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