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25th Aug 2005, 12:04
As anyone can guess from my location Im not a Britt, but I always want to broaden my knowledge about English language, and I find very amusing the other names you give to professionals in various areas of expertise. Some examples bellow:

Construction worker - Brickie
Auto mechanic Grease Monkey
Accountant Bean-counter

What other names are there?


Lon More
25th Aug 2005, 12:09
Building trades ones

Sparkie = electrician
Chippy = carpenter

Alcohol Child
25th Aug 2005, 12:20
Flight Engineer = Flying Spanner

Captain = Organ Grinder
FO = Monkey

(only joking!!):}

25th Aug 2005, 12:26
Flying Sandbag = Loadmaster (Crewman)
Black Hander = Sumpie / Framie

25th Aug 2005, 12:35
Some civilian, some military:

Physician: Quack
Dentist: Toothy or Fangs
Psychiatrist: Headshrinker or Shrink
Lawyer: Mouthpiece
Policeman: Rozzer, Bobby, Cop, Pig, etc.
Short-order cook: Hash slinger
Small restaurant (often): Greasy spoon
Late-night flight (esp. trans-continental): Red-eye (special)
Pastor or priest (a bit outdated): Sky-pilot

gas path
25th Aug 2005, 12:41
A bus conductor= Clippy

25th Aug 2005, 12:56
Traffic Warden - [email protected]!

Double Echo
25th Aug 2005, 13:00
For the Glaswegians...

Plumber - Chanty Rastler

tall and tasty
25th Aug 2005, 13:15
Female Dispatcher - Ramp Tramp (like that one )
Hostie - Trollie dolly


25th Aug 2005, 14:00
Taxi driver: Cabbie

Never heard these before...
Dentist: Toothy or Fangs
Lawyer: Mouthpiece

25th Aug 2005, 14:23
Never heard the Dentist: Toothy but Lawyer: Mouthpiece is an American expression.

Doctor: Sawbones (archaic, granted)
Plumber: Please come and fix my leak, I'll pay whatever you ask. PLEASE!!!!

25th Aug 2005, 14:29
We used to call cooks in the army - Slop Jockies
Note I didn't use the word chefs....ouch!

Romeo Charlie
25th Aug 2005, 15:38
Hostie - Trollie dolly

Also: Tart with the Cart, Dragon with the Wagon

25th Aug 2005, 15:41
SWAMP DONKEY = Round American Woman that has more hair on her face and back than most men. :E

25th Aug 2005, 15:42

Thru'penny bits
Dairy cannons

There are more :E

25th Aug 2005, 16:20
Special Constables = Hobby Bobbies

25th Aug 2005, 16:54
Double Echo, in Glasgow a plumber is .....
a lavvie diver!

By the way, Crieff-ite, Crieff is a very very nice place!

25th Aug 2005, 17:00
Born and bred there Cameronian

And it's only nice when it's not raining.........I think that was back in 83'ish ;)

25th Aug 2005, 17:01
Catering Corps Operative:- Cabbage Mechanic

+'ve ROC
25th Aug 2005, 17:50
Rozzers, Cozzers, Bill, Filth, Cops, Fuzz, Pigs...

Call them what you will. They're the ones that knock on the car window :(

tall and tasty
25th Aug 2005, 18:03
Pilot - Bus driver (fixed wing)

TnT :p

25th Aug 2005, 18:32
There's a German one for female FAs...


meaning the one who pushes the juice (orange, that is)- is there something like that in English?

25th Aug 2005, 18:43
I gave the sources, and none was OED.

Plumber - Chanty Rastler

recalls the epic from distant childhood in Glasgow:

Ranight we'll raid ra cludgy,
Ra morra we'll share ra plunder.
An' Ah wull huv ra wooden seat,
An' you wull huv whit's under.

To the doubtful, I confirm that ode is not in Palgrave's "Golden Treasury".

And Cameronian, the "lavvie diver" recalls the scavenger, apocryphal I hope, of the back coort refuse tips: "Jean Dunt, the midden diver".

Crieff was above such realities.

25th Aug 2005, 19:35
I always liked

Pritstick = aircrewmans lipsalve

And I was an aircrewman when I heard it:cool:

25th Aug 2005, 20:18
Anyone who insists on doing their job by the rules regardless of the circumstances = Jobsworth.

As in 'More than my jobs worth to do that for you'.

Send Clowns
25th Aug 2005, 23:05
Psychiatrist = trick cyclist or shrink (from head shrinker)
Pilot = glorified taxi driver
Soldier = Pongo
Member of RAF = Crab
Royal Marine = Bootneck / bootie
Air Traffic controller = Air tragic
Chaplain = Bish (RN)
Aircraft (or I suppose car) fitter/mechanic (to distinguish from technician/engineer) = grease monkey

Trainee at any job = baby, hence baby bootneck, baby air tragic.

25th Aug 2005, 23:54
You can explore the subtleties of the English tongue to your hearts content at http://www.milkinfirst.com/dictionary/profanisaurus.htm

26th Aug 2005, 06:25
In the RAF a plumber was an armourer.

As a young lad in South Durham:
People who worked in coal mines were yackers
Unemployed workers were dole yackers
Young men employed in menial work were navvies
[from navigators - the (generally) Irish labourers who dug the canal network - I believe]
Young women employed in menial work were skivvies
Baggers unloaded ships
Booties handled material in the rolling mills
Give a leggie (or a wellie - from wellington boot) two pounds and she'd accompany you to a nearby alley for a bit of wall-proppin

26th Aug 2005, 06:35
Fitness instructor: Muscle Mechanic
Musician: Harpie
Doctor: Pox Fixer
Nurse: Scab Puller
PR Consultant: Fluff Generator/Spin Doctor

Sailor Vee
26th Aug 2005, 07:56
Winchman - i.e. the guy who goes on the wire - Dope on a Rope:E :ouch:

26th Aug 2005, 08:59
Please check your PMs, Crieff-ite.

Lon More
26th Aug 2005, 09:28
employed in menial work were navvies
Those in the back seat are ballast.

In the S. Atlantic, British troops called the Falkland Islanders "Bennies" after a retarded character in an old soap, "Motel"(?)
Orders came down from on high that this had to stop, so they became "Stills", as in "Still Bennies"

I heard that on trooping flights returning from there to UK, a PA was sometimes made on entering UK airspace to advise any females on board that they were again officially "fuglies":uhoh: