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 Post subject: Monkey?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:59 pm 
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What is the orgin of the term Monkey or Monkey level.

I understand it to mean the first crosscut above the gangway and beyond that they are called "miner levels 1, 2, 3, etc" .

Is the term related to the military / artillery term "powder monkey" or does it have some other origin?


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nope, its because you need to be part monkey to swing around off the props to get up there and move around! seriously :lol:

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