The word mess comes from the Spanish mesa meaning table and was adopted by the Navy as the place where sailors eat and sleep. "Mess" has now been adopted by all branches of the military to mean the same. Maybe the original mess onboard a ship was an untidy place which could explain its other meaning today, but all military messes nowadays are the exact opposite.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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