Vol. III, No. 18
Here’s another set of sailing-derived terms we use in day-to-day speech:
True Colors – When a ship flies the flag of its national origin, it is said to be showing its “true colors” as opposed to flying a false flag to “bamboozle” enemies.
Cut and Run – This refers to cutting the anchor line to run quickly from an enemy.
Fathom (verb) – Before depth finders, sailors would try to “fathom” the deph of the ocean.