Salaga

Did you know that the word "salaga", which means an inept beginner, came to us from nautical slang. But the stories of its origin are different.

According to one of the versions, on a secret order of Peter I, trusted people were looking for a new place to build and open a school for young men. They consulted with the old people. They replied: "On the shore of a seaman school to start catching fish in a puddle. You can't raise real sailors on land." They offered to search among the islands in the White Sea.

The sea there is real, stormy, the winds are mighty, the storms do not spare anyone, but the sailors will be hardy, standing. They found the island of Alanko - in Finnish, in their own way, called Alag.

The school on this island was reputed to be the best of the best.

A graduate came to the ship - the first thing they asked him was:

- Where from?

He proudly replied:

- From Alaga.

And so the new word "salaga" appeared. At the time, it meant "well trained sailor".

However, the studies carried out have shown that there is no island of Alanko, Alag, or simply consonant in the White Sea.

According to another version, in ancient times there was a training sailing ship "Alag". And when, having completed the course of a young sailor on a battleship, he was asked who he was and where he came from, he answered from the alag. those. young and poorly trained yet.

Well, the most widespread opinion is that sea wolves were newbies salagami named after salak fish, which was considered small, stupid and easy to catch. At first, young sailors were called salagami, but then the expression went beyond the limits of the fleet, and so they began to call all young and inexperienced people.