Oh Futtocks!’ was the title of the e-mail sent to me this week by the delightful Melissa Gerbaldi, press officer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
‘Oh my’, I murmured, adding: ‘Who’s upset the rather refined Ms Gerbaldi?’
Well folks, Melissa’s not upset. In fact she’s very excited about a new range of merchandise on sale in The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN).
The range, which includes t-shirts, mugs, pens and magnets, will bear nautical words that have fallen out of use.
The term ‘futtocks’ is used to describe the curved timbers used to form the interior ribs of a wooden ship.
Giving ‘futtocks’ a new modern twist, the designs include ‘get off your futtocks and make me a cuppa’ and ‘have you seen such a magnificent pair of futtocks?’ Great fun.