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Old 15-08-2010, 09:01   #1
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Nautical Expressions in Every Day Use

An idle thought that crossed my mind when I used the phrase
"follow in someone´s wake" and realised the original meaning .
I was going to ask you what phrases you can think of but then came across this website and thought I would share it. Hope you like, as sometimes the reasons why something peaks my interest are unfathomable ...

Nautical Terms and Phrases Used In Everyday Speech
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all ahead flank, full speed ahead an of course,.. going to the head.
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None of these are used in common speech

among landlubbers

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all ahead flank, full speed ahead an of course,.. going to the head.
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Three sheets to the wind
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Between the sheets
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In our household (step father was a Chief PO) there were a few expressions in use that weren't in general circulation and most of them are unrepeatable, however when a group of people were lifting things you waited until someone said "Two Six" and then lifted.

I never found out why it was 2-6 but, apparently, in the Royal Navy that's what they say.

"Aye Aye Cap'n" got a lot of use as well plus I was taught how to tie bowlines, clove hitches, sheet bends, monkeys fists, etc.. Also not common in the general population.
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Square meal, bitter end, toggle and two, batten down the hatches, high and dry, im sure i will remember more cos you know how it is when you actually try and think of something and cant.
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Skyscraper, a term we use for tall buildings originated from the name of the triangular shaped most upper top sail on a ship (the sail was said to look like it was scraping the sky).
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Yeah, if your dad was Navy (mine was, USN not RN), you might pick up a few more terms.

But, common use:
Scuttlebutt,
Full speed ahead (ADM Farragut, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"),
Clear the decks,
Allusions to press gangs,
Keel hauling,
Taken aback,...

and in political discussions, Voltaire's quip about the unfortunate ADM Byng (RN) is sometimes quoted, "...pour encourager les autres"
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Yeah, if your dad was Navy (mine was, USN not RN), you might pick up a few more terms.

But, common use:
Scuttlebutt,
Full speed ahead (ADM Farragut, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"),
Clear the decks,
Allusions to press gangs,
Keel hauling,
Taken aback,...

and in political discussions, Voltaire's quip about the unfortunate ADM Byng (RN) is sometimes quoted, "...pour encourager les autres"
Anjou (above) was right. Now I've seen others I remember some more. "Clear the decks", "Full speed ahead" and "Batten down the hatches" in particular. I still use them myself.
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"Cold enough to freeze the balls on a brass monkey"
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