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More nautical misunderstanding

To say ‘it floats my boat’ suggests only that something does the minimum. Of course a boat should float, otherwise it’s not a boat, it’s a wreck. The answer to ‘does this float your boat?’ should be: ‘No, it revs … Continue reading

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Erratum

A reader writes in to say that you can take the wind out of someone’s sails: ‘It is a racing tactic — if you take a line on the windward side of a boat you are trying to overtake, then … Continue reading

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Idiot wind

The expression ‘take the wind out of one’s sails’ completely misunderstands how wind works. One cannot ‘take’ the wind anywhere or from anything. A ship that loses the wind in its sails simply makes a bad tacking decision. Duly note … Continue reading

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