Navy Trivia Batten Down:
Navy glossary meaning to close or make watertight, usually referring to hatches.
WHAT: ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT TAXES WHO: MICHELLE K. VIOLA-HUDKAK WHEN: FEB 28 & 29 0900-1100 WHERE: SHIP’S CLASSROOM WHY: ENSURE BATAAN SAILORS HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND QUICK TAX RETURN
Bitter End: A turn of a line around a bitt. Those wooden or iron posts sticking through a ship’s deck, are called bitters. Thus, the last of the line secured to the bitts is known as the bitter end. Nautical usage has expanded the orginal definition in that today, the end of any line, secured to bitts or not, is called a bitter end. The landlubbing phrases “stick to the bitter end” and the “faithful to the bitter end” are derivations fo the nautical term and refer to anyone who insists on adhering to a course of action without regard to consequences. Dog House: A
nautical term referring to a small box-like cabin on a modern yacht. But slang usage, “in the dog house” means to be in disfavor or disgrace, and it originated in the early days during the slave trade. Slave ships filled every nook and cranny with their unfortunate cargo and sometimes put slaves in the officers’ cabins. The officers then slept on deck in small box-like uncomfortable structures which were nicknamed “dog houses,” so the term “in the dog house” originated to describe being in a tough spot.