Sailor Speak of the Week – Slush

Definition

Noun

  • Grease rubbed on the masts and running rigging or equipment as lubricant and/or preservative.
  • Grease and fats from the galley.

Origin

18th century. Possibly a corruption of the word sludge.

Comments

The term “slush fund” was also derived from this, as well. It originally referred to the money raised from the sale of galley fat. The proceeds were used for luxuries for the crew.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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