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Show Your True Colors…

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Vol. III, No. 18

A ships ensign flies at sunset. Photo by Allen Clark / PhotosbyClark.com

A ships ensign flies at sunset. Photo by Allen Clark / PhotosbyClark.com

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.

-Matt Kanaga

 

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