Army & Navy - Leatherneck Lingo

The Marine Corps Chevron at San Diego gathered and published a glossary of leatherneck slang heavily flavored with Chinese, Tagalog, pidgin English and plain Navy. Examples:

Bean bag—meal pennant aboard ship.

Charlie Noble—smoke pipe from a ship's galley (not to be leaned against).


Down—to pass ("Down the meat").

Sea dust—salt.

Maggie's drawers—red flag indicating a clean miss on the rifle range.


Ear-banger—apple polisher; yes man.

Gizmo—a term of universal significance, capable of meaning "gadget," "stuff," "thing," "whozis" or almost anything else the speaker wants it to.

Boksok—crazy; berserk.

Brew—beer, the standard Marine beverage.

One brew—a minor-league drinker.

Go-to-hell hat—overseas cap.

Pogie bait—candy.


Rip ho—How the drill sergeant pronounces "To the...

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