Jackspeak: A Guide to British Naval Slang & Usage

Jackspeak: A Guide to British Naval Slang & Usage


By (author) Rick Jolly

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  • Publisher: Conway
  • Format: Hardback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 212mm x 34mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844861449
  • ISBN 13: 9781844861446
  • Illustrations note: 200 cartoons by Tugg
  • Sales rank: 125,467

Product description

Jackspeak is a comprehensive reference guide to the humorous and colourful slang of the Senior Service, explaining in layman's termsthe otherwise cryptic everyday language of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and the Fleet Air Arm. Featuring more than 4,000 alphabetical entries, it was compiled by an ex-RM surgeon who spent 24 years in theservice. With useful cross-references and examples of common usagethroughout, along with excellent illustrations by Tugg, the cartoonistfrom service newspaper Navy News, it is the essential book forcurrent and ex-Navy personnel and their families, or anyone interested in the modern armed forces. Conway is proud to present a revised and updated edition of this classic volume, which is already acknowledged as the standard reference for every Jack, Jenny and Royal joining the Andrew, or for any civvy who wants a real insight into the unique culture of the Navy.

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Author information

Rick Jolly is a former RM doctor. His first book told the story of the medical base at Ajax Bay in the Falkland Islands, which he commanded throughout the 1982 campaign. A legendary figure in the Navy, 'Doc' Jolly remains the only serviceman to be decorated by both sides: he received an OBE from the Queen and the Oficial Orden de Mayo from the Argentine Government. Rick is also the founding chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association for Falklands veterans.

Review quote

There aren't too many books, let alone in the nautical world, which generate a succession of chuckles. Open Jackspeak at any page and you're pretty much guaranteed to laugh. Navy News