Thursday, April 19, 2012

NAUTICAL TERMS: Aboveboard & Footloose

Schooner on the horizon in the Keys.
Did you know these words had roots onboard? I didn't.

aboveboard |əˈbəvˌbôrd|
adjectivelegitimate, honest, and open certain transactions were not totally aboveboard.adverblegitimately, honestly, and openly the accountants acted completely aboveboard.

On a boat, anything that's on deck or in plain view is 'above board.'

footloose |ˈfoŏtˌloōs|adjectiveable to travel freely and do as one pleases due to a lack of responsibilities or commitments
Thank you, Kevin Bacon. 
On a boat, the 'foot' is the bottom of the sail, and if it is not secured, it is 'footloose,' dancing randomly in the wind, also called 'loose-footed.' 
Everybody clap!

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