Scrubbed messdeck & bunks. On duty 1600-1800. Did [???] and wrote letters. To bed early.
From someone I know in the UK who had a look:
“Dhobey”, India Services’ slang name for Laundry.”
That is fricking brilliant! Now I have to go back and figure out all the places where it appeared in the past, and fix it…
Good spot. And for more background, here’s a definition of dhobI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhobi – it’s come into the English language as a result of the Empire, of course…
Thanks for the Wikipedia link, Nigel — interesting to see how the caste name became the actual activity, then was adopted by the Brits, then on to Canadians like my dad.
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