Irish pennant

Irish pennant

noun Nautical Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
1.
an unwhipped rope end.
2.
any strand or rope end left hanging untidily.

Origin:
1880–85


Though no longer used as a deliberate slur, this term is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Irish. It originated in the Royal Navy in the 1800s, during the time of sailing ships.
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