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schnorker

schnorker  n.— «Navy lingo is equally mind-boggling.…A schnorker is a sausage, Texas strawberries are baked beans and a goffer translates as a non-alcoholic drink or a big wave.» —“All aboard to try the Navy life” by...

goffer

goffer  n.— «Navy lingo is equally mind-boggling.…A schnorker is a sausage, Texas strawberries are baked beans and a goffer translates as a non-alcoholic drink or a big wave.» —“All aboard to try the Navy life” by...

unk unk

unk unk  n.— «There is an old Navy term for the truly imponderable: UNK-UNK for unknown-unknown. Of the ten men Mr. Reagan has nominated so far, Mr. Donovan stands out as the “UNK-UNK” of the team. This is not to say that he...

tin bender

tin bender  n.— «Mills was transferred in March 1943 to Norman, Okla., where she began training in sheet metal and welding. Her rate of pay was $96 a month. The Navy was training her to be an aviation metal smith, or “tin...

rocking chair job

rocking chair job  n.— «I could easily have bribed myself into a rocking chair job in the Army or Navy during the war and would have avoided al the trouble I had.» —“Draft Dodger Bergdoll Denies Bribery in Escape” in...

rice bowl

rice bowl  n.— «But some also comes from an institutional, bureaucratic drive to have more airplanes and a bigger share of Navy and Defense Department budgets. “The air-systems people saw that whole program as a gigantic rice bowl...