Blow you, I'm alright Jack

What does "Blow you, I'm alright Jack" mean?

Today it means: I'm OK so it doesn't matter about you.

Jack is the term for a sailor in the Royal Navy. If one sailing ship get's windward of another ship it will take the wind out of its sails. Sailors being a jovial bunch would shout to the lee-ward sailors, "blow you" referring to the lack of wind in their sails, and "I'm alright Jack" referring to the amount of wind powering their own vessel.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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