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Re: Ps & Qs and folk etymology



Hi, all,

The POSH definition is apparently correct. An old seaman spoke in a Toastmaster's
meeting, defining the word.

Fran Morris

Sam Lanham wrote:

> Terry--
>
> 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
> Sam Lanham (slanham@hctc.net)
>
> 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.


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