Surliness and course language, not to mention public drunkenness, have always been a part of a sailor’s life on the high seas. But those associations tend to call to mind 18th-century pirates, or maybe Massachusetts fishermen, not East Side octogenarians.
But it turns out little old ladies can swear like sailors too. Just ask passengers on a recent voyage of the Queen Mary 2, the historic trans-Atlantic luxury cruise ship. Gloria Sher, an 82-year-old Broadway producer, and her husband, Frederick Evans, 91, were booted off the ship last month after Sher unleashed a profanity-laced outburst on another passenger. The passenger, Sher claims, made an anti-Semitic remark.