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Rope vs. Line, Sailors vs. Landlubbers

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Tim is a rancher, dogsledder, and a former commercial fisherman in Alaska. He’s observed that the words rope and line are used differently in each of those professions depending on context, and using them incorrectly can mark a person as a newbie. In The Language of Sailing (Bookshop|Amazon), Richard Mayne notes the different uses of ship vs. boat, and says yacht owners consider it gauche and pretentious to refer to one’s own vessel as my yacht instead of my boat. This is part of a complete episode.

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