Why did they call sailors “limeys” back in the day?

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Why did they call sailors “limeys” back in the day?

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From my understanding of history, as it turned out, the term “limey” originally applied to British sailors. In the 17th and 18th centuries, sailors suffered terribly from scurvy, a condition caused by a lack of vitamin C. Vitamin C comes mainly from fresh fruits and vegetables, but those foods weren’t exactly easy to come by when you’re at sea for months at a time. So the Royal Navy prescribed lime juice for all sailors to help ward off scurvy — hence the appellation “limeys.” As often happens, the term eventually lost its original context and was applied to all British, whether sailors or landlubbers.

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