OT: Re: Dictionary

Subject: OT: Re: Dictionary
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 20:10:10 +0100

I have to mention one trivial fact that has bothered me for a long time. Every dictionary I've looked in insists that the nautical term "starboard" comes from an old usage, "steering board". (Before the rudder was invented, ships were steered by oars, most often a single oar on the right side of the ship.) Which isn't logical -- in all related terms "board" means "side" not "piece of wood".

How is this illogical? "Steering board" is simply that side of the ship where the rudder is located. There is no need for "board" in this context to mena anything else than "side of the ship".

Jan Henningg

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