sailing terms

Did you know how many phrases and words that we use in everyday English have their roots in nautical teminology? Here is a selection of them but if you know of any more, then email

Yacht - Dutch in origin. A shortened version of 'jaghtschip', or 'chase ship'. A small, light, and fast craft, originally intended for coastal patrol, quick transport of passengers, or raiding in coastal waters, since the design was not meant to carry great amounts of cargo or stores. It eventually became used to describe privately owned vessels of the wealthy class, since they had little or no commercial value, and thus were meant for pleasure trips only.

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