31 Jul The Sun’s Over The Yardarm…Club.
Sailors are known for having quite a “colorful” vocabulary. Maybe, even after you’ve had a few, you’ve been told that you have a “mouth of a sailor.” It happens. Being away at sea for long periods of time,with no company but one another, sailors also developed their own lingo amongst themselves. Some of this lingo has actually gone on to become modern, everyday sayings.
• “A clean bill of health” refers to the certificate that confirmed ship’s crew wasn’t carrying any diseases before it landed at a port.
• “Loose cannon” came from a time when guns were mounted on rollers and tied down to keep them from rocking around when being fired. No rope made for a dangerous situation for everyone, regardless of which side of the cannon they were on.
• “Groggy” was used to describe the befuddled state of sailors after they drank grog: a watered down version of rum.
• “Hand over fist” is a phrase people use (usually when making money) when something is done quickly and in abundance. It comes from when sailors would pull on rope, hand over fist, to raise sails or trim sheets.
• “High and dry” today, means to be without resources or support. Back then, it described the situation in which ship was washed up on the rocks. The ship was “high” from the receding tide, and “dry” from being lifted out of the water.
Another phrase that you may or may not be familiar with is, “The sun’s over the yardarm.” In basic English, that just means “It’s time to drink.” On old ships, you had the masts, which were the long wooden poles that ran vertically, and the yards in which the sails would hang from.
Out on the open sea, one of the easiest ways to tell the time was to look at the sun’s location in relation to the yardarm. When the sun reached over the yardarm, it was around 11:00 a.m., which officers found appropriate to have their first tot of rum for the day.
Meet the Yardarm Club
At The Galley, in keeping up with our homage to the nautical lifestyle, we want to tell you about our Yardarm Club. If you’ve come in before, you may have noticed our wall of Yeti Tumblers, which by the way, keep drinks cold for a ridiculous amount of time. For $100, you get a year’s membership in the club, which is way more than having a state-of-the-art chalice awaiting you at your favorite, locally run, St.Pete pub.
You’ll get 10% off meals and regular priced drinks, but in a filled 20 oz cup. You’ll get practically get double the amount for what you paid for a cocktail or a 12 oz beer, and a free pint for every four pints you get on draft. This deal ends up paying for itself hand over fist, and could also be a great gift for any regulars you know.
Keep a lookout for our regular ongoing events at The Galley, or just stop by for a drink. After All, the sun’s over the yardarm somewhere in the world.