Limey

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In slang, a Brit can be referred to as a ‘limey’.  Where did this term come from?  Originally, it was a term used only for a sailor in the British navy.  It is short for “lime-juicer”.  It began when the British navy would issue their soldiers a daily dose of ‘grog’, or watered down rum; most of the time lime was added to this.  The lime was meant to improve the flavor, but a happy side effect was that it would prevent scurvy while on long sea journeys as well.  Eventually this term came to encompass any Brits when someone wanted to refer to them in a slightly derogatory way.  Don’t know why it’s derogatory though; ‘limeys’ weren’t suffering scurvy!

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