Technical Terms with Intersting Orgins


#1

Studying about improved high lift safety valves I come across a new word which I like very much:

Dirling (as in dirling action, a description of how the valve should operate). Also spelled ‘dyrlyng’. An old Scottish word for a thrilling sensation or vibrating motion. Used to describe the feeling of being in love.

Any more technical terms with interesting origins?


#2

Spurlash.
The noise the anchor makes when it hits the water.
Sorry.


#3

Don’t be sorry, unless you don’t know the sound it makes when it comes back up. Then you aught to be.


#4

I’m surprised you didn’t include the “huddling” chamber.

Snifter valve … the sound it makes when functioning.

Grasshopper. The connecting rod of particular style of beam engine.

Peckerhead … the wiring junction box on a motor or generator … comes from an old term “pickerhead” part of a fruit picking basket among other applications.


#5

So much of our language comes from seafaring.


#6

POSH - Port Out, Stbd Home.


#7

I think that’s been debunked.


#8

But backronyms are great. Learned one today.

ETOPS: Engines Turning or Passengers Swimming.


#9

Hahaha!


#10

This lot is a good mardle. (Old word from East Anglia meaning to waste time)

http://see-the-sea.org/nautical/naut-body.htm


#11

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