Michelle compiled a list of “Lexisms”…all those wonderful little quips of Lex’s that would pepper his posts and give it that personality. I have added a few at the top, knowing some may be a Navy-wide expression but Lex used them frequently.
Any of you have some more, just leave a comment and I’ll put them in – the more the merrier! – BB.
The Hobbit (his wife) , SNO (Son Number one), The Biscuit (eldest daughter, and The Kat (Youngest daughter)
A short but exciting conversation ensued (when a subordinate is brought before a CO)
Bloom where you’re planted.
Orders are orders. Misery is optional.
TOPGUN. All caps. One word. Don’t ask.
I learned something about flying (leadership) that day.
It’s better to be lucky than to be good. (a Navy wide expression)
It’s better to die than to look bad. (aviation specific)
No slack in light (fighter) attack.
Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you.
“plumbers” and “farmers”
Warheads on foreheads
“pour encourager les autres”
We’re all friends here.
Attack the message, if you must, but not the messenger.
We don’t do trolls here.
There are places for that.
‘Tis to weep.
No slack in light attack.
That was a very long walk to a very small house.
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots and the crossover is pretty small.
For those who know, no explanation is required. For those who don’t, no explanation will suffice.
Occasional reader (Despite 1000s reading per day Lex referred to everyone as “occasional readers”
Where do we find men like these?/Where do we find such men?
Guinness (for strength!) Jameson for Courage
For the … that was in it.”
I can’t help it: I’m a giver. I give.
And would I like one at all? I would.
Which, the keys are in it …
Talk amongst yourselves
Precious little snowflake
Everything trembling in the balance
And I have that going for me now, don’t I? Which is nice.
Crushing Burden of Debt
The All-Girl Spending Team
Sufficient unto the day the evil thereof
So there’s that.
And if you’re wondering whether you can buy me a beer, the answer is yes. Yes, you can.
Which it’s my story, innit? So I get to tell it any way I like and that’s the way I remember it, as far as you know.
It’s my story. He may tell it differently.
The Great White UP
Your man (Son Number One)
Attendant to his duties
Brothers in arms
Brother from another mother
Time is the fire we all burn in
You can’t break the low altitude record. You can only tie it.
Darker than six feet up a clown’s a**
Darker than a hat full of **holes
Darker than a witch’s dreams
Did I mention it was dark?
Exploding bolts on a sheriff’s badge
Change of command without a band
<insert equipment here> decided to play the fool
Bread and circuses
He was required and desired to
Blackshoe (Professional Surface Warfare Officer)
Once you’ve hit the IP you’re on government time
The prestigious Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN)
The Trade School on the Severn (USNA)
Twisted steal and sex appeal
Son of a beach carp
Partying like rock stores (in foreign ports)
The Martin Baker option (ejecting)
Joining the Martin Baker fanclub
Showing a little bit/too much thigh
That’s not your issue, just baggage.
Government sponsored crack cocaine
Pretty thin beer
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Clearing at the end of the path
Sentence. One. Word. At. A. Time
Carrying a whole bag of knots
Falling out of the sky like a turd off a tall moose
Coupla/For the next couple
Which has all the virtue of being halfway right, and if you bat .500 in the major leagues your glory will last forever
A wee sma’ thing
We all of us preserve
Lo, these many years…
Wounds heal, chicks dig scars, and glory lasts forever.
For it’s lost I am, lost utterly.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself … to make sure I’m not dreaming.
[on a carrier] … headed up to the roof to man up
Not on my watch
[Five bucks] or I shoot the dog.
Color me skeptical
Hush, it’s dreaming we’re doing
More’s the pity
It’s not all beer and skittles.
Thus, the government you deserve.
Bladder over-pressure light
Me? I’ve got nothing.
Nobbut and sommat
We few, we (mostly) lucky few.
The Good Lord willing and the dam don’t break.
So, yah, it’s pretty much all glory and getting the girl, flying fighters.
Above the law, until you’re not
Ave atque vale
Depending on your point of view, that’s either a feature or a bug.
“desole” and “soi-dissant” and the ever popular “nuanced”
The fever swamp rats are drinking their own bath water again.
The perpetually aggrieved set
Drinking the koolaid
Think of teh puppies!!!111!!
Eleventy eleven !!11!!1!
Speaking about Erica Jong: “You’ve got to wonder how people – even shallow, inconsequential pornography writers – become so dam infantilized.”
Your humble correspondent/ your host