How many of you multi-hullers know where the word "Catamaran" comes from? I get a daily email
from Wordsmith, and today the word of the day was "Catamaran":
This week's theme: words borrowed from other languages.
catamaran (kat-uh-muh-RAN) noun
1. A boat with two parallel hulls, joined by a frame.
2. A quarrelsome person, especially a woman.
kattu (to tie) +
maram (tree, wood).
Tamil is spoken in Tamilnadu, a state in southern India and in Sri Lanka.
It has about 70 million speakers.]
"'I'm convinced my catamaran, which is larger than Ellen MacArthur's,
can complete the course in 70 days,' [Tony] Bullimore said."
British Yachtsman Bullimore Sets Out on World Record
dpa German Press Agency; May 1, 2007.
"No, madam, it was your turn to bully me once -- now it's mine, and I
use it. No, you old catamaran, though you pretend you never read novels." William Makepeace Thackeray;
Lovel the Widower; Harper's; 1860.