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Reef Points: Enhance Your Naval Academy Vocabulary

Posted on: July 11, 2013 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

Many of these words may seem familiar, but you won't find these definitions in the dictionary. 

AQUA ROCK

A non-swimmer; one in training for submarine duty but lacking the submarine.

BAGGER

He who sets the bar and sets it low.

BILGE

To make another look bad for one’s own personal gain; to cut the ground from under another’s feet.

BLUE MAGNET

Standard issue blanket that adorns every midshipmen's RACK; its powers of attraction are nearly impossible to resist.

CAKE

Anything that is easy; dessert for which baggers have a recipe.

CHIT

Protection from on high to take privileges not rated.

CHOKE

To clutch or blank out.

CHOP

To double-time; outdated plebe mass transit system.

CIVILIAN

A day with no classes.

CRABTOWN

Annapolis, a small village on the banks of the Naval Academy.

DRAG

To escort; one who is escorted.

FORTY-YEAR SWIM

Second class swimming marathon lasting forty continuous minutes. Now shortened to thirty minutes.

FRIED

Written up for conduct offense; the way your skin feels after meeting with the Deputy Commandant.

GEEK

One who pursues academics to an excessive extent; one who types letters home and corrects those he receives.

GOUGE

The answers or method of accomplishment to a test or any such activity. Beware: live by the gouge, die by the gouge.

HAPPINESS FACTOR

The number of days of leave divided by the number of days until leave.

MOTHER “B”

Home of the Brigade, Bancroft Hall.

PLEBE

Fourth Classman

RACK

Bed; the ultimate goal of most midshipmen.

SANDBLOWER

Any short person; he who walks at low altitudes.

SEA LAWYER

One who tries to get out of a fry by trivial technicalities, whose favorite expression is “But I thought ... ” when in fact, he didn’t.

SMACK

Obsequious (and one who looks it up).

STEAM

Thermodynamics.

STRIPER

Member of the Class Chain of Command.

SWEAT

One who worries excessively about everything. One who brassos his glasses. His room smells like Pledge.

WOOP

Gray inmate of that isolated government institution which overlooks the Hudson.

ZOOMIE

One of our collegiate buddies who lives at the government play school in Colorado Springs and wears a blue bus driver cap.


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