World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Limey

Article Id: WHEBN0000051661
Reproduction Date:

Title: Limey  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of ethnic slurs, Ethnic slurs, Nip, Beaner, Bulgarophiles
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Limey

Limey is a predominantly North American slang nickname for Britons, especially those from England.[1][2]

History

The term is thought to have originated in the 1850s as "lime-juicer",[3] and was later shortened to "limey".[4] It was originally used as a derogatory word for sailors in the Royal Navy, because of the Royal Navy's practice since the beginning of the 19th century of adding lemon juice or lime juice to the sailors' daily ration of watered-down rum (known as grog), in order to make stored, stagnant, water more palatable. Doctors thought that lime juice would work better because it has more acid than lemon juice, so they substituted lime juice for lemon juice on the English Royal Navy ships. This ration of grog helped make these sailors some of the healthiest at the time due to the ascorbic acid's ability to prevent scurvy.[2][5]

Eventually the term lost its naval connection and was used to denote British people in general. In the 1880s, it was used to refer to English immigrants in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.[4] Although the term may have been used earlier in the U.S. Navy as a slang word for a British sailor or a British warship, such usage was not documented until 1918.[4] By 1925, its usage in American English had been extended to mean any Englishman, and the expression was so commonly known that it was used in American newspaper headlines.[4]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "lim·ey". Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b LimeyOxford Dictionaries: Retrieved 2011-07-06
  3. ^ "lime–juic·er". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d "limey". Dictionary.com:. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Why are British people called "limeys"?". Ask Yahoo!. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 

See also

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.