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A simple glossary will help but sailing language is very old and each region has it's own terms. It is impossible to learn all of them and hard to change once you do learn. I still call the little boat that goes with the big boat a tender and while sailing will bark out Prepare to Comeabout, or Helms A Lee even after the crew says WTF?
Then there are pronunciation differences. Such as Bo-Lin or Bo-Line and to make matters even more difficult each will insist the other is wrong.
Sometimes I try to use the term Map as often as I can and mix in as many car driving words as I can. Like passenger side rather than starboard, or old terms like larboard rather than port.
It can all be very funny so I would suggest just going with what you pick up and in the meantime use what ever discriptive term works. We need to make sailing more inclusive and the language is a good place to start.
You might think the radio is one area where proper terms are important but that is not always the case. Always start by using the proper terms but I've found myself having to replace the terms Hotel Alpha Echo Foxtrot...with H as in Harry, A as in *******....OK I didn't use that term but did use common words as the bridge operator had no idea wtf I was talking about when I tried to use what I thought was the proper alphabet.
Just remember that communication is more important than using the "proper" words.
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