What does "Dogsbody" mean?

Today it means: A person who does menial tasks or boring jobs.

Onboard ship a "dogsbody" is the worst kind of meal. Sometimes it would consist of the scraps from the officers and passengers mixed with ships biscuit and maybe some vegetables if you were lucky.

The term was also used for young officers and midshipmen who would be given menial tasks to do to keep them busy and out of the way but at the same time they would be finding their way around the ship and be learning all the time.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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