Posted by David FG on March 01, 2011 at 18:33
In Reply to: Black-hand Gang posted by Dave Wolfy on February 27, 2011 at 16:54:
: Does the origin of the "Black-hand Gang" relate to stokers on Royal Navy ships? My experience of the usage relates to using the Black-hand gang to shift something heavy.
Basically, no it doesn't.
The Black Hand (Gang) were a group of Serbian 'terrorists' of the early 20th Century. Any use of it otherwhere would be a joking echo of that.