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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.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.