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We don't have to go that far back even.

For this generation of kids growing up with digital watches and clocks...how do we tell them to wrap the sheet " clockwise" around the winch without first explaining what the hands of a clock are. Righty-tighty..might become a new nautical term...

Imagine if every doctor or dentist required you to know the proper terminology before they treated you. Doc..this tooth hurts....is no longer allowed.
instead, you must say Lateral Incisor or go to the back of the line...

If I insisted on proper terminology on my boat, I'd single-hand a lot more than I do already.

That said, it's great to be out with other sailors with whom I can simply say, Prepare for a port side tie-up, and everything gets done.

I'll actually settle for someone who trims the sails..when you fall off without being asked.
The biggest hurdle I find with novices and "some" sailors alike..is the lack of anticipation of what is coming next, that's another thread.

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MedSailor..
Is pneumonomicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis not the longest medical term (it is a lung disease cause by inhalation of silica dust... so the only safe thing to do is go sailing, right?)
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Imagine if every doctor or dentist required you to know the proper terminology before they treated you. Doc..this tooth hurts....is no longer allowed.
instead, you must say Lateral Incisor or go to the back of the line...
Instead of imagining a dental patient, imagine a dental assistant who doesn't know the terminology. I make a distinction between "crew" and "guests." Most of my crew start out knowing next to nothing, but we use proper terminology and they simply have to learn. Guests are not subjected to this so much. Once the crew learn the proper terminology, they can use it on any boat - they don't have to learn a new "language" for each skipper they sail with. In my case, I can say "prepare for a portside-to" and the crew know what to do.

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I started sailing this summer and the owner goes out Tuesdays with rookies, Wednesdays with experienced sailors. The rookies get, "trim the jib sheet - pull the blue line" for a while, then it's just trim the jib. It seemed like after everybody rotated through various jobs we know most of the basic terms. Using the right term does make it clear what you are doing and helps explain why a little (trim a sail rather than just pulling on a colored rope)

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MedSailor..
Is pneumonomicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis not the longest medical term (it is a lung disease cause by inhalation of silica dust... so the only safe thing to do is go sailing, right?)
I've been a student of the English language for a long time. I learned this one as pneumonoULTRAmicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

I believe the longest nonmedical word is antidisestablishmentarianism.

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Instead of imagining a dental patient, imagine a dental assistant who doesn't know the terminology. I make a distinction between "crew" and "guests."
Precisely.

We require nothing of guests save they move out of the way when necessary, don't touch things the purpose of which they don't understand, watch out for the boom, don't get their body parts between the 4+ ton boat and anything else, don a floatation device if they don't know how to swim, "here's where the life ring can be found, please remember it," "unless it's either toilet paper or has passed through you, it doesn't go in the head" and "don't throw stuff overboard."

Crew are expected to either be, or become, clueful. That includes knowing and using the proper terminology.

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I've been a student of the English language for a long time. I learned this one as pneumonoULTRAmicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

I believe the longest nonmedical word is antidisestablishmentarianism.
Well darn!

There goes the old standby, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.



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My biggest grammer gripe is when people try to sound smart but eff it up. Such as, "That bedroom is Kathy and I."...NO It's Kathy and ME. Do you say, "that bedroom is for I"? No, no you don't. Use whoever and I when it's "I" and use "me" when you are supposed to use god d*** ME. Rant over.


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