Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy: A Glossary of Naval Terminology (2nd ed.)

Pull up a bollard and get to know the colourful language of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Do you ever get channel fever so bad only a great homeward bounders will cure you? Have you ever met Tug Wilson the brass pounder, Dusty Miller the blanket stacker, or Nobby Clark the stoker?

From aback to ZizEX, the second edition of Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy gives readers a chance to fill their boots with the colourful language of Canada’s senior service. Learn the difference between duff and no duff, box kickers and gut robbers, Nelson’s blood and Neptune’s dandruff, and the mess mom and the old man. Newly revised and expanded, with over 2,500 terms included!

Arriving in bookstores on 6 October, 2018.

Book Details

  • Content: Over 2500 terms included.
  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press (website)
  • Edition: 2nd edition (Oct. 6 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459742796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459742796
  • Product Dimensions: 5″ x 7″


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From Amazon.ca:

polarbearpi – 4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference guide for green sailors
Good reference guide for new personnel. I liked it because it brings back memories. A glossary is never an exciting read so four stars is fair.

ICFY95 – 5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to Canada’s third official language – that of the RCN.
An outstanding reference for every “land-lubber” or a family member of a sailor who wants to know what it is they are hearing when the “Matelot”, “Salty Dog” or “Deck Ape” in their lives comes ashore after a period at sea. Great Canadian content from an expert.

(Current reviews appearing here were made for the 1st edition of this book.)