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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Submarine Slang

Chapomatic has the find of the month (OK, so it's the 1st... it's still a good find). A submariner's wife collected all the modern submariner slang she could find, investigated some of the origins, and had herself a 50+ page college English research paper (the Word document is here). The table in the back gives quite a bit of the submarine-specific terminology in common use, with definitions.

One outstanding question remains, though: I always spelled it zouf, but she uses zoof. Which one do you think it is?

Going deep...

Update 0744 01 Dec: I should have given the document linked above a "bad word warning", but that's kind of inherent in any discussion of submarine slang. She does do a pretty good job of avoiding bad words when they aren't necessary, though; for example, in her scholarly discussion of the term "patrol sock", she notes that it's used to relieve "DSB".


Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

We always used zoof, and I believe it was written that way in the CSDS-12 lit. for, well, dammit, for something that I can not find any unclass reference to, so nevermind.

However, I was *positive* it was digit and not digot

12/01/2005 8:14 AM

Blogger Chap said...

Concur with pigs on both counts.

Thanks much for the link! You know, I still remember the time as a more junior guys where we convinced the XO on deployment to put not just BOCOD but WOBOD into the POD...

12/01/2005 8:40 AM

Blogger Vigilis said...

"cumshaw" no longer used? We could not have operated without it sometimes.

12/01/2005 2:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The doc is no longer there: 404 File Not Found

1/12/2007 7:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DSB? I know I'll feel stupid, but my poor tired brain can't come up with with a meaning for that, even though I know what a "patrol sock" is. Help?

1/14/2007 6:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deployment Spunk Beat-off?

6/29/2007 12:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man! I tried to open the Word document and it seems it's no longer there. Would love to read it - any ideas on where I could find it?

9/23/2007 3:55 PM

Blogger John said...

I was trying to open or save this document and it is no longer there. I wanted to use some of the terms in the newsletter I write for our USSVI base in New Jersey. It's a co-newsletter for WWII Sub vets also.

If possible please repost it.


3/07/2008 5:18 AM

Anonymous Mike Chambers said...

Found another website that has the document on the site, not linked. It is here:

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