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Re: Ps & Qs and folk etymology
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- Subject: Re: Ps & Qs and folk etymology
- From: Sam Lanham <slanham@HCTC.NET>
- Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:00:10 -0500
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At 01:01 AM 1/27/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>port-outward, starboard-home, the desirable sides of a ship sailing or
>steaming between England and India in hot weather--charming but undocumented.
I love these interesting origins. I never heard this linked to POSH but it
makes some sense. I always heard it as the correct location of the ship in
relation to the red channel buoy. I have also hear the starboard side
stated as "red on the right returning."
Probably most of these had several plausible etiologies. In east Texas
I've heard---as a response to a greeting---"jus' lettin' the rough side
drag." Given your location and the probability that this is a southern
phrase I wonder if you have heard it or have any idea what it means?
Regards from the Texas Hill Country,
Sam Lanham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't give a whit for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would
give my life for the simplicity the other side of complexity.
--O. W. Holmes.