Sailor Speak of the Week – Lash

Definition Verb To tie something securely. Origin 16th Century. From Middle English, lasche, meaning to tie. Possibly from Old French, as well. Comments To lash is another verb that has more or less entered common usage. When you’re told to lash something, then you better tie it well, lest it goes adrift. Be careful with […]

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Sailor Speak of the Week – Idler

Definition Noun (AKA dayman) a crew member who doesn’t stand a watch. Origin Probably earlier than the 18th Century. Most likely a jocular term for people who had “all night in.” Comments The term also can also refer to crew members who are excused from standing watches at night (hence, daymen). References Rogers, J.G. (1985). […]

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