Greenlandman's Galley

The lowest type of profanity and vulgarity.

“In my seafaring days the Greenland sailors were notorious for daring and their disrespect of speech, prefacing or ending every sentence with an oath, or some indecent expression. Even in those days [the first quarter of the nineteenth century] a `Greenlandman's Galley' was proverbially the lowest in the scale of vulgarity.” —C. Thomson: Autobiography, p. 118.

Too low for even a Greenlandman's Galley.
One whose ideas of decency were degraded below even that of a Greenland crew.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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