Monday, September 12, 2022

Ward Room

I think this is supposed to be a scene from a barracks ward room.
Does "gash can" mean what I think it means?



  1. A wardroom in British English denotes a commissioned officer's mess (above the rank of midshipman) on a war ship. It is exclusively used in the Royal Navy. Given the imagery, it would not be properly used in this context. "Gash" is general British English slang and means rubbish (garbage) - anything surplus to requirements. Thus a gash bag or can is for discarded rubbish. In modern gay slang both sides of the Atlantic, the term "dump" is its modern equivalent. "Gash" however does have another meaning and is a very pejorative and offensive term for the vagina. Given the imagery, it seems that both meanings are being conflated.

    On a sartorial note, please note the indecently tight uniforms. This was a regular Hussar trick. They did indeed use genuine uniforms - and from the haircuts, often genuine soldiers and sailors - but usually at least two sizes too small. I've often wondered why. Any clue?

    1. The tight clothing is a Royale/Hussar trademark of sorts, and the general consensus is that the purpose was to more literally show the contours (and various bits) of the bodies without going fully nude. I have to say it sometimes got ridiculous to the point the viewers all knew no one would or could wear them that way.

    2. It’s sexy, surely no other explanation is needed. This was an era of loose fitting clothes, the arrival of skin-tight Levi’s on men caused widespread horror and revulsion. These images may look legal to us but they were regularly seized by the Police for offending public decency.

    3. While I certainly believe you when you say the police would jump on these, it utterly amazes me that they had so little else of value to keep them busy.