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why would you call somebody 'Skipper'?


For what reason do people call somebody "Skipper"? What does it mean?

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"Skipper" implies, either nastily or affectionately, a youth. "Skipper" was a common nickname for boys in the 1940s and 1950s.

Flanagan

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Actually Skipper is the person in command of a vessel such as a boat.
Jesse Stone was in charge hence being the skipper.



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Skipper is an old Navy expression for Captain, not that I would have ever, ever have called my Captain 'Skipper!' Skipper was for PT boat captains (usually Lieutenants in pay grade) or for the COs of aviation squadrons (also Lieutenants).

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"Skipper" is also a nickname for the manager of a baseball team.

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I wouldn't call anyone "Skipper" -- I'd be afraid he'd start calling me "Little Buddy"!

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I also wondered if this explanation was the reason. Tom Selleck is a fan of the Detroit Tigers and I don't know if every big league baseball manager is called Skipper but living in Detroit, that's what we've always called the Tiger's manager. So I figured that was an homage.

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Interesting thought -- I wouldn't have known that.

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That's and interesting fact, but I doubt if it is relevant at all. The character of Officer DeAngelo, who uses the term "Skipper", comes across as not very bright, and it is unlikely he would have known an obscure fact like that about the Tigers, especially since Paradise in nowhere near Detroit. Also, since Paradise is a seaside resort town, the maritime reference seems much more likely.

Jesse Stone is a fan of Ossie Smith, but never mentions any attachment to any particular team. Magnum, P.I. was a Tigers fan, but Jesse Stone is not.

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Again, if it is only DeAngelo (D'Angelo), it could simply be he did a hitch in the Navy before joining the force.
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I think it was originally a name for any master of a ship. Then it was used for anyone in charge of a team. It is abbreviated to skip in English bowls teams.

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