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Friday, January 06, 2012

A Different Language

The Navy as a whole, and Submariners in particular, really do speak a different language. While each occupation has its own acronyms and key words and tricky phrases (in my current job, I often find myself saying things like, "I'm taking this FOUP down to CMP and then going to talk to the MT about those SEM CDs"), but I think that submarining is among the "worst" at being understandable to someone who comes in off the street and tries to follow a conversation. From a VIP cruiser in AMR hearing the announcement "AEA, 2JV" to a visitor to the bridge being told to be careful of the bear trap when coming down the ladder, I would venture to guess that our terminology is among the hardest non-Mandarin languages in the world to learn.

What are your favorite words in the Submarine language?

(To download the paper, including Appendix 2, from the link above with many of the words and phrases we know and love, click here.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My personal favorite was SNOB. When I got down to 100 days, I engraved pennies with numbers 1-100. I doled out one each day coinciding with my number of DTG. Needless to say, the COB and XO hated it. Ahhhhh

1/06/2012 2:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always liked "scrubber load." As in, "Did you see that scrubber load handing out engraved pennies?"

1/06/2012 2:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolphin 36.

1/06/2012 3:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Free loading oxygen breather...

1/06/2012 6:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/06/2012 6:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

light brown sugar.

1/06/2012 7:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone using the term "scrubber load" - a fag friendly crew member whose presence would set a gaydar on full alarm.

1/06/2012 7:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had just passed point alfa, chopped to the task group, and pulled the plug. I followed Sparky – he could read flashing light – down the trunk and held the hatch lanyard for the o-ganger who just got relieved of the conn by the old man.

The porkchop, who had just got up with a bad case of rack burn was the DOOW.

The COW was a chief quartergasket who used to be a skivvy-waver, he’s a plankowner and is older than Noah. Gedunk lover too -- loves to be the blue baby on the way north. He could handle a hoey on the DRT though!

The CO ordered PD and started bitching when we passed 125. The dive begged for more turns and had the COW line-up to pump aux to sea ASAP.

At 150 the dive has a pucker factor that is off the scale. We’re heading for an awful case of angles and dangles – a knuckle-dragger reported from the forward room that a sack rat just fell out of the honeymoon suite.

At 200 the old man knew things were fubar – he grabbed the Gertrude and told the surface units to watch out. All of a sudden the white rat comes alive with a sound powered conversation between the oil king and the water king -- about mathematics – now the CO is really pissed!

Sonar did a sweep and reported some biologics and nothing in the baffles. The old man told the COW to hit the chicken-switches and blow everything but the messcook.

We broached just as the third klaxon was sounding. Then the old man started taking names and kicking ass.

1/06/2012 8:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/06/2012 8:27 PM

Anonymous Jack (Punky) Brewster said...

Calling "AEA" over the 2MC?! I thought abbreviations weren't allowed according to the IC Manual?

And to Anonymous #8, great job.

1/06/2012 10:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On ustafish we had a few other terms

4M - Meals, Movies, Materesses, and Masturbation

Rigging her for dive - self explanatory.

Tits up was broken but could be fixed.

Tits up and lactating broken and were pulling in.

1/07/2012 5:19 AM

Anonymous write an essay said...

Very good post. Thanks a lot!

1/07/2012 6:33 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

Getting the nubs to line up to blow the DCA...

Although I did get a few nubs to do the following:
--Find a 10-lb water hammer
--Go to the logroom and get the EM log.
--The aforementioned blowing of the DCA.
--Taking a triangle fish back to feed the shaft seals inport.

My favorite SRO announcement: (singing) "Shutdown rover 2JV, doo dah, doo dah..."

1/07/2012 8:10 AM

Anonymous LT L said...

We had an informal hierarchy of broke:

Tits Up: not sure what's wrong yet – thing just no worky-worky anymore.

Shit the Bed: broke, we know why it's broke, and it's repairable.

Broke Dick: broke, and nothing seems to fix it 100%, or it really shouldn't break the way it did; IMA/SY gets a message.

FUBAR: It's broke and we know there is no way we can fix it; CASREP drafted.

– LT L

1/07/2012 8:27 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

One that they did miss in the paper:

--Vulcan Death March, aka ORSE workup/cleanup/training/no sleep.

1/07/2012 9:23 AM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

I was surprised that "poopie Suit" wasn't properly defined as "Polaris Patrol Uniform" since it was originally issued to boomer sailers and then in the mid to late sixties, to the attack sailors.
Also sorry to see that "KOG" for "Kindly Old Gentleman" - Admiral Rickover was missing from the list.

1/07/2012 10:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poodles and Noodles: Beef Yakisoba

1/07/2012 1:08 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Re: Abbreviations allowed by the IC Manual, there were some very specific ones for which the abbreviations were the approved term.

1/07/2012 1:09 PM

Anonymous Veemann said...

Probably Poka because of its many uses. Gedunk is another one I like though it has a more universal Navy use than Poka. I dropped both of these on one of my young engineers during two different conversations recently and got the same response - "what the hell was that word you just used?" . Lets not forget nukes, coners, shower techs, mess cranks, etc.

1/07/2012 2:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not really the words themselves that meant too much, but when I heard, "SRO report to Manuevering", the subtle context clues in that statement were unique enough.

1/07/2012 5:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's puka or pooka. Puka in hawaiian means "hole".

1/07/2012 6:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is also the differances between real sailors and east coast sailors.

We had lifetime east coast guy come out to the boat while on WESTPAC and while we were discussing the upcoming LBFM rip/tear we had planned, he just stared at us and had no idea.

1/07/2012 6:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Short time
Long time
Mamma San
Bar fine

Ahhhh...the memeories of being a sailor!

1/07/2012 6:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had a lot of friends and family tell me it is hard to follow a conversation between boat friends of mine. It's interesting now, being a civilian and seeing exactly what they mean. The language is one of the only things I miss, aside from the pay and benefits and liberty ports.

1/07/2012 9:08 PM

Anonymous 3383 said...

Vessel-specific acronym- EMTBH

anon @1806: I wonder why any East Coaster would stay in the Nav. Too much chickenshit, not enough WestPac. You haven't lived- or wished you were dead- until performing your PT test on day 2 in Olongapo.

1/07/2012 10:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always liked "machinery 1, control, bang two on five" (637 Class)

1/08/2012 8:38 AM

Blogger montigrande said...

I may be showing my age...

four rolling....two sucking...raining in the wasteland...banging your mom from both sides

(688 class)

1/08/2012 10:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another saying from an enraged PI barfly:
"You Battafly"

Or in Phuket "I fu#$%#, I su@#$*, I love you long time no sh!t"

1/08/2012 11:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little off topic but the "banging your mom from both sides" phrase brought back some memories.

We had an RM3, hotrunner, on the boat in SD, late 80's. He was from SD so he and an STS3 would stay at his house frequently instead of the barracks.

We returned from weekly ops a couple of days early, so the RM3 and STS3 headed home. They opened the door and there was the RM3's precious momma getting stuffed by 3black guys. Later, according to the STS3, she was airtight.

Anyway, for some reason, the RM3 was never the same and left the Navy after his first tour. We heard his momma swallowed a bullet just after the RM3 got out.

Too bad, he was a good guy and would have done well.

"Rig control for black", "going deep" and "packing air" are a few sub phrases that come to mind.

Jim C.
Retired ANAV

1/08/2012 11:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 can jam
Feed the bst

1/08/2012 12:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of surprised noone's mentioned BOCOD yet...Or am I just too old?

1/08/2012 12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember almost blowing the back of my wife's head off when I chose a BOCOD to early.

Had a YN3 routing the POD to the XO with BOCOD on it. The XO asked what that was and the YN3 said the ENG wanted it in there. The XO thinks for a few seconds an then says "that's right, he mentioned it to me, I think I am the monitor...great, just what I needed". The entire control room starts laughing.

1/08/2012 12:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit-on-a-shingle, foreskins-on- toast, bug juice, firing-an-inboard. "Air in the banks, shit in the tanks, bilges are pumped, garbage is dumped, boats afloat, and your the goat". TBT, Standard on four, 80/90, TVG, going home turns. Submarine alley Yokosuka, "You buy me cherry drink?" Tampopos in Usura, and Marilyns in Subic City.

Keep a zero bubble........


1/08/2012 2:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I forgot pigmy peters, hogans alley, and bunk bags.


1/08/2012 2:20 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

For those who forgot (or never knew) what BOCOD stood for, here's a Wiki list of general U.S. Navy acronyms. Some of the submarine ones seem inaccurate.

1/08/2012 2:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a nub ask permission to blow the DCA. Without missing a beat, DCA tells him that it would take Captain's permission and he didn't want to wake the old man. But if aforementioned nub really wanted the prac fac he could ask LT xxx if it would be possible to manually pump the MPA! I nearly crapped myself as the nub marched off on his qual mission.

1/08/2012 5:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"four rolling....two sucking...raining in the wasteland...banging your mom from both sides"


1/08/2012 6:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember thinking at one point before I switched from the skimmers, that I had just participated in the most cryptic conversation possible, if aliens had been listening in.


"ELTEOS Mark BBSC1 I wait."

"ELTEOS BBSC1 point 8"

"point 8 I"

Also, when I was first on the carrier, their convention of paging people over the announcing circuit drove me nuts. It was understood that if they didn't say anything, that meant to contact EOS.

So I'd hear an announcement that was just, "ELT." And I'd stand there waiting and listening... ELT WHAT?"

1/08/2012 9:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Port week, port day, patrol flank, sucking two, spinning four, filling the black hole."

Answer: "Chicken wheels."

1/08/2012 10:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Prepare to snorkel, three engines, Prarie-Masker keel, girth, and screw." Red Fox Computer, Stone-Gate, Snow-White. Diesel Boat Navy 1974.

Keep a zero bubble.............


1/08/2012 10:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This ain't my first multifunction."

1/09/2012 1:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beulah the Rock Locker (lithium bromide units). Fire, rain, thunder and ice might have been felt in the TDU void on a 637. Bent shitcan is a very concise term. Benefits of rate, nice alternative to the large green SRBs when $5,000 seemed like an incentive. TC, repair term that it will be balls to the walls and zero sleep or liberty until complete. Your wife's getting pregnant and you might want to be there during the evolution. Periscope liberty.

1/09/2012 5:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the food ones:

Puss Pockets or Hamsters, aka Chicken Cordon Bleu

Stroke Me Off, aka Beef Stroganof

Chicken Pucks, Chicken Wheels, or TDU weights, aka Chicken Patties

Auto dog, aka Soft Serve

1/09/2012 6:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 shut, 3 open...I had it, you got it.

1/09/2012 7:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donkey Dick

1/09/2012 7:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As in "Bring me the Donkey Dick"

1/09/2012 7:30 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

RO turnover on Spec Op: "Split, crit, same old shit."

More food description: Cat turds (beef cordon bleu), elephant scabs/DBVC (anything parmesan), babboon's ass (corned beef).

Monkey fuck--any RC-Div troubleshooting, especially underway. Bonus points if reactor scrammed as a result.

1/09/2012 10:15 AM

Anonymous Jay the Nuk said...

I think the term "Swinging Dick" is about to expire due to women on board. No CO, XO, or COB is going to use that term with females present.

I can see, it now:

COB: Ok, every swinging dick lend a hand.

Male TM: Hey, why are the girls (and STS by extension), excluded from this shit detail yet again?

1/09/2012 10:29 AM

Anonymous jpm said...

Conn, Sonar, I have a new contact, DESIG S-12, BRG 310, in ATF with TRKR C, -5 D/E, -2 SNR, classified MERCH, single 4, making 80 turns, approx 8 kts.

1/09/2012 10:38 AM

Blogger Gerry said...

"Air in the bank, shit in the tank, no water, moving forward, I had it, you got it. Fuck it."

"... like a monkey fucking a football..."

"hey, nub... go back aft and ask the nukes for a can of relative bearing grease"

Also, had a nub going for over an hour once looking for a bottle of launch window cleaner.

1/09/2012 11:21 AM

Blogger Gospace said...

Actually met a QMC who kept a small can of "relative bearing grease" on his chart table. Says he was out driving in the midwest from point A to point B with his wife, when he threw on the brakes and stared at the company sign, "Relative Bearing Co." Told his wife he had to stop for a few minutes, and went to the receptionist and asked if the company made their own grease. He got sent to some office, where they said they did, but it was only for promotional purposes. He explained why he wanted a can, and when they were done laughing, gave him one.

My son, at FT Hood the first time, then a PFC, was told by his SGT first thing in the morning, "Go get me a left handed hammer." Ridgid at the time made one, sold by Home Depot. I had given him one, since he is left handed. He walked out to his car, fetched it, and brought it right back. The SGT took it, handled it, said, "SOB, they make one!" Threw it back out him, "GTFO. I don't want to see you until tomorrow morning."

1/09/2012 12:45 PM

Blogger Gospace said...

Just read all the comments again. And not a single BOHICA in there- so add BOHICA.

Or did I miss it?

1/09/2012 12:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great thread...

You can actually buy a "monkey fucking a football" shirt or sticker.

Sometimes it's the only appropriate terminology for what is going on...

1/09/2012 1:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maneuvering turnover while steaming across the ocean: "4 Spinning, 2 Rolling, Split, Crit, same ole shit."

1/09/2012 1:53 PM

Anonymous EM2(SS) said...

Throttleman turnover on Spec Op: "Turns for nothin', goin' nowhere."

1/09/2012 1:53 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

"...I think that submarining is among the "worst" at being understandable to someone who comes in off the street and tries to follow a conversation." -BH

Sounds possible:
From today's Stategy Page
"...only four years ago that India officially acknowledged that it was leasing a Russian Akula II, which was to enter Indian service in 2009. ...It apparently took this long to train the crews."

1/09/2012 2:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AUNs, DNA spray, and a curious submarine ASW coincidence?

1/09/2012 2:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

450-60 X2

1/09/2012 5:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see BOHICA finally made it

From the chow line:
Horse Cock - Specifically bologna, generically any cold cut
Blasted Chicken - Chicken Adobe
Bug Juice AKA verdigris remover

Short turnover: SOS your it

Perhaps an older version? LBFMPBR - powered by rice

BEMF : Beady Eyed MF

Two Stooler and Three Stooler – Easier to pickup in bar

Old chief from the dark ages

1/09/2012 11:59 PM

Anonymous Dardar the Submarian said...

C'mon - nobody had "Sliders" after "field day"?

1/10/2012 5:59 AM

Anonymous 4-Stop said...

This is a no shitter! So there I was, naked mind you, we were punching holes and had to clear the broadcast, don’t forget news and sports you twidgits! After radio routed the boards to the old man we pulled the plug and went sinker. Thank Christ because the AWEPS hung me out dancing with the one eyed fat lady. My dink relief was late to relieve the midnight cowboy. Mid- rats consisted of cold pillows of death, thanks stew burners! Good luck with getting a grape-off from the LPO. After watch clean-up consisted of holding reveille in 9-man hunting for that elusive dust bunny. That woke up rack-vader AKA DOC. The Movies Meals and Mattress coordinator was burning a flick on the mess decks, because the EDMC kicked him out of the goat locker, and the butter bars were getting fed knowledge from the fire hose in the wierdroom. I headed to the Bunkie and gave a quick puppet show to help get some down time before killing and spilling in the AM. The Rickover reminder got us tossed from the rack and the cones laughed as the nukes dressed up as big bird to go get some zommies, cause that’s what pro-pay is for!
Hoo-Yah you Kaki-pants maternal copulator!

1/10/2012 6:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't see "Steamer Wife" on the wiki list, which was surprising to a frequent WESTPAC smoke boat sailor.....

1/10/2012 7:10 AM

Anonymous STS2 said...

Coffee Orders:
Pam Anderson-Blonde and sweet-lots of cream lots of sugar
Halle Berry-lots of sugar, no cream
Karen Crider (Sonar LPO's wife)-Black and bitter
The Chuck Woolery-2 creams, 2 sugars

1/10/2012 7:20 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

dardar--underway, Tuesdays for lunch, BEFORE field day.

RPPO--Retention Prevention Petty Officer.

1/10/2012 10:40 AM

Anonymous custom essay said...

Good post. I really like it.

1/10/2012 11:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another mess favorite:
3X5 = frozen, breaded fish planks.

1/10/2012 12:02 PM

Anonymous STS2 said...

After the politically correct police banned the use of Tit's Up, and even Tango Uniform, we started labeling shit BNWW...Broken, No Worky-Worky.

1/10/2012 12:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From four years onboard USS Drum (SSN-677):

DART - Drum Anti-Retention Team

Janitor in a Drum

Wine cellar

P.O.D. - Prince of Darkness (a certain forward ETSC)

1/10/2012 6:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always been fond of monkey shit

1/10/2012 10:40 PM

Anonymous SparkyWT said...

ART - anti retention team
BARF - backup anti-retention force
Piss puck
Same- o, same-o
Banging air with a pair
Maneuvering aye
Three yards of Fallopian tubing
A-gang punch
Sound powered phone batteries
"click click" 1MC
Blowing San 1--you fag

1/11/2012 12:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is NOTHING compared to walking down pier 6 in Groton, and across the pier at the end on a huge bolder on the island is painted in white "bohica COB". We had an S-girl sitting across from us on the Tullibee and they hated their COB. That's the day I learned that term.
Now, sitting on the mess decks eating elephant scabs or sliders on frisbees is much better than horse-cock and cheese on shytty italian bread planks. The scaglioi when you added pepper or cheese was ok. The pink abortion nuts were great during movies.
Where the fock is the bulkhead remover? We had the Orion duty supply officer racked out for a can of that. (2# can of lard). Haven't seen the shore power 1250 either.....Stock number and the serial number of the water slugs?
BOCOD? I'm pretty sure that was a boomer fag thing.
BCP-Blue crew problem, get it.
Where's SNOB and SCOB? ART?


1/11/2012 1:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


On Its Ass, or as was logged by the RO, Out of Instrument Alignment.

1/11/2012 5:19 AM

Anonymous Dardar the Submarian said...

Back in the day, the boomers used to do a 72 day gagger.

Sometimes we would "put 'er on the roof" get to go to steel beach.

I hated putting on a face gagger.

Hell - the term "bubblehead" gets that "dog hearing a noise" look from some people.

We had an officer of the deck tell the Nav Watch to go get him some bug juice. It was "rigged for red" in control, so the cup lined with red ink wasn't noticable. All I can say is "Love that Joker".

1/11/2012 5:35 AM

Anonymous Dardar the Submarian said...

NHSparky - How can you eat sliders before field day? That is a travesty and an outrage. And doesn't field day signify the beginning of the weekend?

God, I am glad I am retired. I want the Berlin Wall back!

1/11/2012 5:42 AM

Anonymous HMCM(SS) Retired said...

@ 4-stop 01/10/2012 6:43 AM

"That woke up rack-vader AKA DOC." Hey you, that's mean but what the heck, I guess we all earn our titles huh?

1/11/2012 6:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Coffee Orders:
Marilyn Monrow - Very Blonde & Really Really Sweet
Janis Joplin - Dirty blonde & Artificially Sweet (x2) - P.S. Don't OD
Tina Turner - Hot & Black
Queen Latifah - Using a BIG cup, Black all the way
Chaka Khan - Hot Chocolate

1/11/2012 6:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite

NAVY - Never Again Volunteer Yourself

Had some funny uses

1/11/2012 8:03 AM

Blogger Gospace said...

Saw the 3 X 5 fish and realized its' cousin, the triangular fish, was missing. Ate a lot of those, too.

1/11/2012 9:40 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

dardar--That is a travesty and an outrage.

No, the REAL travesty and outrage was when the CO told the Chop/cooks they would no longer be allowed to serve fries AND beans with said sliders. Two starches was a big no-no.

1/11/2012 10:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a nuke who's initials were FTN. He LOVED to sign everything he could.In LARGE letters. The precrits were funny as heck to see.

Used to get the CO and ENG mad as hell. They would be all over the MPA to get him to changed his initals on signoffs.

1/11/2012 6:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of FTN, one Sunday before a Monday underway in between my P&S SRO, I was forced to paint the starboard main engine lagging (violating one of those books, SORM I believe). I protested, but ended up having to do it. So they thought. All I painted was a big giant FTN in fresh paint, easily visible. Eng and XO were pissed and made a couple of guys paint the whole thing a few days into the underway - again violating the SORM. But something went horribly wrong. The FTN had already cured in such a manner that no matter how many coats got slapped on top, the FTN would always bleed through. It was still visible when I left over a year later. LOL

1/11/2012 7:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possible contact zig master two based on upshift in frequency. All stations analyze.

1/12/2012 1:51 AM

Anonymous God help us, please! said...

I've got to call-out "4-Stop" for posting sheer stupidity in that massive one paragraph rambling "story."
I'm only sure he was well disliked on every boat he served. He was probably referred to as "that guy" quite often.

1/12/2012 4:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the days of the Talking Heads, our turnover would consist of chopping your arm three or four times, singing "Same as it ever was..."

1/12/2012 7:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOUP down to CMP?

I used to work at Intel Corporation too!

I miss those days.

FOUP= Front Opening Unipod. CMP is Planar Chemical Mechanical Polish. SEM=Scanning Electron Miccroscope.

Either it's a small world or I'm out to lunch. sends!

1/12/2012 12:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did 'split' mean something on subs? I was both, and I only remember that referring to steam plants on the CGNs and CVNs.

Most dreaded acronyms: C&I, CTE, SVM, CODT, SCC Ops.

1/12/2012 2:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd would have thought I would have learned my lesson but I went to work for a government contractor serving a federal science agency that sends stuff to LEO. They have an inch and a half thick book of acronyms and acronyms of acronyms.

1/12/2012 2:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the days of the Talking Heads, our turnover would consist of chopping your arm three or four times, singing "Same as it ever was..."

Queenfish...either that, or maybe every boat on the planet at that time.

1/12/2012 3:26 PM

Anonymous flem snopes said...

From the DBF Navy...

I'd fit her on like an OBA.

For you nuke rubber suckers the OBA was the precursor to the respirator.

1/12/2012 6:01 PM

Anonymous Dardar the Submarian said...

Amazingly, nobody has mentioned EAB.

I used it in a sentence yesterday, and got that "dog/noise" look again.

The word "Boomer" seems to be a mystery to folks.

1/13/2012 4:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ACN" is the acronym for "acronym".

1/13/2012 7:14 AM

Anonymous 4-Stop said...

Only your mom refered to me as "that guy". As in "I love it when that guy pees in my butt."
Ah memories.........

1/13/2012 7:29 AM

Anonymous D.B.F. said...

Is this a submarine blog or yo mtv raps? Seriously, morons here talking about pissing in someones moms butt...really?

1/14/2012 9:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a submarine blog or yo mtv raps? Seriously, morons here talking about pissing in someones moms butt...really?

Apparently you've never served on a submarine....

1/16/2012 8:00 AM

Anonymous Irony said...

No, but your mom moaned like a whore when I rocked her crusty bunghole.

1/17/2012 11:46 AM

Anonymous 4-Stop said...

Wait?! WHAT!?!? I have never served on a submarine. The Mom joke was in my sea bag. Isn’t it amazing that D.B.F. is a perfect acronym for Douche Bag Forever? Coincidence I think not. Oh and your Mom(s) say hello. Or I think that’s what she said, her mouth was full at the time.

1/17/2012 7:44 PM

Anonymous Silent Servant said...

I assume you are a necrophiliac as my mother passed several years ago to pancreatic cancer.

I've served my fair share of years on Submarine duty, and despite what you claim, or attempt to represent as "fair game" and common practice, I have never witnessed such vile and classless discussions of fellow crew members mothers in any way, such, or form.

I'm sure Joel will agree, and perhaps consider an IP ban against you as proof of intolerance of such cowardice and sickening diatribe.

There is a special place in hell for you, "4-Stop."

1/17/2012 10:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I remember, mother and GF jokes were off limits to tell people who really objected- but if someone who really objected told one, then all, repeat, ALL limits were gone.

1/18/2012 1:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we had a shore duty puke ride to keep his sub pay he was a "vent rider" or more formally, a "rider of the vents".

1/21/2012 6:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mother jokes were always on the table especially for those that were really offended by them.

Had an XO who was banging this 3rd Class ST's mother. In fact, the first time they found out about each other was Thanksgiving. Turns out, the XO forgot to mention he was married and his was stayed on the East Coast because of her job.

Interesting dinner conversation according to the STS3 who of course told everyone on the boat. XO was quietly transferred a few weeks later. He was given a desk job until he could retire.

He always seemed to get a lot of Mothers Day cards at work...even when it wasn't Mothers Day!

Heard he ate a self-served bullet two years later.

Mom' gotta love them!

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-Thanks Joel, I love this post! really helping me spice up the dialogue in my sub movie script.

While a lot of the jargon is alternatively confusing and sarcastically humorous to the average layperson, I recognize a good portion from my own service in the Chair Force. I wonder how the ladies(real ladies,not sonarfolk) in the subs today are taking some of the language?
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