Limes is a short period every morning set aside by militaries the world over to insure that their members receive a daily ration of lemon or lime juice in order to prevent scurvy. It was instituted after the discovery that this disease could be prevented by ensuring that the men received a regular intake of citrus juice. Limes was a feature of Rossamünd Bookchild's tenure as a prentice-lighter, and the prentices had small beer laced with lime juice,[1] which could also be supplemented with lemon rinds to suck on.[2] It was not afterwards mentioned when he was billeted to Wormstool, but was presumably a fact of life there as well. Juice-of-Orange can also be used for this purpose, but it is a luxury item and unavailable to most but the wealthy.

One of the nicknames for vinegaroons is limey, derived from the practice of sucking on limes while at sea.[3]


  1. Lamplighter, Chapter 3
  2. Lamplighter, Chapter 13
  3. Foundling, Chapter 2

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