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Nautical terms

KREW2

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Why do so many begin with the letter A

Athwart, Awash, Avast, Ahoy, Astern Amidships, Aloft, Aboard, Adrift. Any more?
 

Sandyman

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After 22 in the Andrew I can count about 40 from Aback to Azimuth .......................................but have no intention of listing them all :)
There are even more that begin with 'S'. I counted 169 from Sag to Sypher :)
 

sarabande

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Many terms derive from the Arabic using 'al' (the) e.g. azimuth, admiral ('amir al bahr'), and there are also a number of words formed using the aleph privative (where a denotes 'absence of'. The MHG 'a' , meaning 'engaged in' or 'associated with' is found in e.g. abeam, ashore, aground.

The world's languages are rich in maritime etymology.
 

johnalison

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Many terms derive from the Arabic using 'al' (the) e.g. azimuth, admiral ('amir al bahr'), and there are also a number of words formed using the aleph privative (where a denotes 'absence of'. The MHG 'a' , meaning 'engaged in' or 'associated with' is found in e.g. abeam, ashore, aground.

The world's languages are rich in maritime etymology.
On occasions we used to pass the time by opening a dictionary at random to see who could find a page with no nautical references, which was unusual. They were exciting times.
 
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