Originally Posted by Alan Mighty
As an aside, I've not seen any authority satisfactorily explain the origin of the nautical term 'fiddle'. The usual practice, as followed by the Oxford English
Dictionary, is to suggest that a nautical fiddle somehow refers to the form of a violin, specifically the sidewall of the soundbox of a violin.
It takes a pedant to know one...
One would think that anyone who put forward such a pedantic reply would use the proper term for "the sidewall of the soundbox of a violin," which is, of course, the "rib."
... or am I mystifying things by applying a lutherie term?