Non aviation content. Play nice – No religion, no politics and no axe grinding please.
#1672037
There are hundreds of words in common usage in the English language which have their origins in our maritime past.
It is strange that aircraft had adopted naval terminology - port/starboard, rudder , cockpitetc, but when it came to nominating engine positions, say, it seems that naval numbering systems were too complex. For instance, on a four engined aircraft the stard’b engines would be No.1 ( inner) and No.3 (outer) with No2. Port inner and so on. But trying to establish which compartment you were in on a large ship had most scratching their heads - until one got used to it.
#1672065
There is, apparently, a Japanese verb which means: 'to try out your new sword on a chance passing wayfarer'.

This verb is so incredibly precise: Not any old sword - it has to be your new sword. Not any old wayfarer, but some poor sod who just happens along by chance.

I nominate this verb (whatever it is) as the most untranslateable word ever :D
#1672513
Bill McCarthy wrote:There are hundreds of words in common usage in the English language which have their origins in our maritime past.
It is strange that aircraft had adopted naval terminology - port/starboard, rudder , cockpitetc, but when it came to nominating engine positions, say, it seems that naval numbering systems were too complex. For instance, on a four engined aircraft the stard’b engines would be No.1 ( inner) and No.3 (outer) with No2. Port inner and so on. But trying to establish which compartment you were in on a large ship had most scratching their heads - until one got used to it.


And we should also thank the French for fuselage, empennage, aileron, and of course...hangAr :wink:
kanga liked this
#1672553
Bert Presley wrote:Thank you JoeC. Muchly obliged.

But how do you say it? I'm thinking I might try to drop it into casual conversation down the pub, or something.

Hopefully, it will be accepted as a real word. But if not...

HAAAAAAH!

Aha... I will make enquiries.
Bert Presley liked this