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"Someone ??? Herrumph !! "
I didn't want to put too fine a point on it.
My my, don't we have thin skin, a bit over sensitive I'd say. BTW it's Capt.kermie not Lootenant and I apologize for not qualifying as one of your spelling BEEZ. Stuns'l????? that is a new one to me what is it (some sort of sail)?
"ground tackle" pronunciation would really raise my eyebrows if I heard it, that's a new one on me.
As for some of the other terminology it would not surprise me if it was pronounced Boatswain when the term was first coined, but given the intelligence and education of 16th & 17th century sailors combined with that goofy British accent (I am of British decent) and perhaps a few swigs of rum it is no wonder it was slurred to Bosun over time. Same goes with other nautical pronunciations, they got corrupted and slurred over the centuries. The latest one I hear is "probably" shortened to "prolly", give it a century and no one will remember "probably" Most slang pronunciations stem from verbal laziness and I am sure "leeooward" is from too much rum. Just my .02 cents worth, no need for anyone to get their balls in a knot.