Right youare, Andy.
As a merchant seaman myself, I have met British sailors all around the
world. Brave and true men they are , every one, and proud, and as I recall,
most of them referred to themselves as 'Limeys'. They have my utmost
respect and that of my fellow seafarers.
At 07:56 AM 9/26/2008 +0100, Andy Holland wrote:
>Hey I can handle being called Limy.
>At least my teeth won't fall out, my gums won't ulcerate and I won't be so
weak that I can't move.
>I never did understand why it should have been used as a term of abuse by
other sea faring nations: "The British Navy are whimps - they won't
suffer from the hideous deformity, agony and painful death of a preventable
disease - not like real men!"
>hmm - there may be a reason why Brittannia ruled the waves for so long!
>Well you might take along plenty of limes. But then someone may start
>calling you .... Oops. Sorry. Never mind.