From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007
posted November 01, 2019 06:44 AM
Just been showing the Castle release #833 "Gobs In A Mess", excerpt from Universal's 1941 "In The Navy" with Abbott & Costello. But what are Gobs? I believe it may be a slang term for a sailor, but why?
posted November 01, 2019 04:11 PM
This usually applied to the theory that sailors either gobbled their food and to "gob" is to spit (likely chewin' tobacco) - Other terms for sailors are 'jack' - Think also of L&H and "Two Tars" - This was because sailors used a tarpaulin for sail material, and the word was reduced - Imagine if the film was called "TARS IN A MESS" and the L&H was titled "TWO GOBS" - Either way, smooth sailin' - Cheers, Shorty