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This may seem like a silly question, but...

...why do seasoned, and seemly intelligent sailors pronounce mainsail as mainsell and head sail as head sell? There must be a reason, please enlighten.

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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

Probably jargon and slur from illiterate sailors during the early days of seafaring.
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It's one word? Just jumble it all together... meinsel... voila! OK, I tried.
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This may seem like a silly question, but...

Mains'l. Foc'sle. Tops'l. Sailor-speak!
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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

It's simple because it sounds like the way pirates talk and deep down inside we all want to be pirates.

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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

Comes from the Royal Navy; you know how the Brits speak?
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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

Don't forget Gunn'l!
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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

And "leeward" is pronounced "looward". Starboard is starbird.
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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

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Mains'l. Foc'sle. Tops'l. Sailor-speak!
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Re: This may seem like a silly question, but...

try it again after lots of rum - then all is clear
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