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Gruntled and Disgruntled

Nathan, a sailor at the United States Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, reports a vigorous dispute among his fellow servicemembers: Is gruntled a word? Nathan feels gruntled must be a word, arguing that it’s clearly the opposite of disgruntled...

Red Sky at Night

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.” Martha talks about this weather proverb, which has been around in one form or another since ancient times. This is part of a complete episode.

sandbox sailor

sandbox sailor  n.— «The official term for Navy people in Army jobs is “individual augmentees” but they call themselves “sandbox sailors.”» —“A Long Way From The Sea” by Jennifer Grogan in Camp Bucca, Iraq  TheDay...

hurricane hole

hurricane hole  n.— «Antigua is, in sailor’s parlance, a “hurricane hole,” which sheltered the ships of Britain’s great naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson.» —“Sand ‘n’ sugar” by Betsa Marsh Indiana...

tenant command

tenant command  n.— «The sailor was assigned to what’s known as a tenant command, a unit that’s located on base but is not part of the chain of command.» —“Sailor’s Death Investigated” in Groton Hartford...