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GUEST,Lighter 'Unexplained nonsense' in chanties (31) RE: 'Unexplained nonsense' in chanties 06 Feb 13

"John's a rookie" doesn't appeal to me simply because "rookie," even its most literal military sense, was not really a part of the general English vocabulary till the First World War. (It appears once or twice in Kipling, I believe.)

So I unless the shanty is a very late one, I wouldn't expect it to include the army term "rookie."

Though, of course, "anything is possible."

(Except a relationship to "karaoke.")

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