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-HH-Dubbo
04-08-2004, 02:11 AM
I always thought the nautical term was "under weigh". (Mainly because of Farley Mowat)

But I read somewhere that for a ship to have "way", means it is moving and the other spelling is a mistake. Anyone know which is correct?
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-HH-Dubbo
04-08-2004, 02:11 AM
I always thought the nautical term was "under weigh". (Mainly because of Farley Mowat)

But I read somewhere that for a ship to have "way", means it is moving and the other spelling is a mistake. Anyone know which is correct?
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luthier1
04-08-2004, 02:22 AM
http://www.bartleby.com/68/12/6212.html

For some reason I can't copy and paste the text from there - get a "message body is a mandatory field" error.

Basically, under "weigh" is a common error that makes absolutely no sense from a nautical point of view http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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michapma
04-08-2004, 02:22 AM
I've always seen it spelled weigh. As in, the ship weighed anchor.

There seems to be something to what you say though, according to Webster's Hypertext (http://www.bennetyee.org/http_webster.cgi?isindex=weigh&method=exact)

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)
Weigh \Weigh\ (w[=a]), n. (Naut.) A corruption of {Way}, used only in the phrase {under weigh}.

An expedition was got under weigh from New York. --Thackeray.

The Athenians . . . hurried on board and with considerable difficulty got under weigh. --Jowett (Thucyd.).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

It seems to be a corruption of the word way that stuck and became part of the language.

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RAC_Pips
04-08-2004, 02:32 AM
A vessel will 'weigh' anchor. Weigh is used in this context as the word refers to lifting a weight ie the anchor.

But a vessel moving is under 'way'. Or has 'way' on it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BSS_Cerberus
04-08-2004, 03:00 AM
I kept getting that error to luthier. Turns out you can't use apostriophes lol

Holy Crap I guess you can '. I had to remove all of mine before it would post.

LEXX_Luthor
04-08-2004, 06:09 AM
So in the old FMB, ships had waypoints.

In the new FMP, ships will have weighpoints.

Okay with me.

Cage50
04-08-2004, 06:28 AM
Haze Gray & Underway while we all sing Anchors Aweigh!
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heywooood
04-08-2004, 08:51 AM
Can I "weigh" in on this??..

no? .. sick of heywoooood, eh?..

ok.. but you'll pay.. I mean to say

I missused "weigh" the other day so for your forgiveness I will prey.. or is pray ?..