Sailors used to suffer from an illness called scurvy which was brought about by poor food and the lack of vitamins. This problem was known about as far back as Elizabethan times but it wasn't until 1795 that the Royal Navy introduced limes into sailors diet. Limey was a particular favourite saying by the Americans to identify sailors of the Royal Navy or any "Brit" for that matter, but in effect, it's actually a compliment to British wisdom. The Royal Navy still carries lime juice
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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