What is Gouge?

Some visitors to this website have raised questions about our use of the term “Pilot Gouge.”  The Webster’s Dictionary definition of ‘gouge’ seemingly has nothing to do with pilots or aviation.  The term is military slang used by pilots that I find documented on the internet as:


(U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard – particularly aviation) Informal information channel; the grapevine; the straight dope; inside information. Gouge is passed on by the gouge train.

‘Gouge’ fits better on the web page than any of the synonyms above.  You can get bad gouge, but this is good gouge!