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Thread #104496   Message #2223840
Posted By: dundivin
28-Dec-07 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall (Cyril Tawney)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall (Cyril Tawney)
With regard to OD

It does sort of refer to Ordinary Seaman, but the real meaning is more colloquial. An OD is a "bit of a lad", or a "jack the lad". Usually the one who always did something daft on a run ashore and "dropped himself in the s**t". I make the distinction as there are plenty of Senior Rates around who are OD's, and having been a Mess President on several occasions can vouch for that personally. People can be an OD for a whole career, or merely be a big OD on isolated occasions. If anyone witnessed me fall over the wall following Ulverston Beer Festival last year, that was a perfectly good example of such !! OD is usually accompanied by the descriptor Big, as in old "Sharky is a big OD"

Yours Aye