Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Abaft

Today's word of the week is abaft. It means 'nearer to the stern than'. Eg the 'When navigating around a cruise ship it helps to remember the dining room is generally located abaft of the cocktail bar'.

OK, I admit I picked this one just because I had a nice picture to illustrate it with, but it's still a good word, isn't it?

If you've ever fancied writing for the BBC take a look here and here.

37 comments:

  1. I am going to make sure that I throw this into every conversation now, Patsy.

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  2. I usually have abaft after my tea to relax:)))

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  3. a gorgeous image, and not a bad word

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    1. Thanks, Al. I took the picture on holiday - it seems a a long time ago now!

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  4. Abaft me hearties!!! What a great word, thank you Patsy!! Take care
    x

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  5. I knew that! Well, I knew it was nautical and meant "behind" which is almost the same thing.

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  6. It's great to learn a new word. And the picture is refreshing.
    Just dropped by to give you a hug:-)

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  7. Lovely picture, makes me feel warm just looking at it. :-)

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    1. It was a warm day and we walked for miles.

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  8. I love those BBC opportunities. I write comedy. Although, I've never tried to write a sketch.

    Thanks you. I'm so excited!

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    1. Do send something in if you can, Deborah. Good luck.

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  9. Thanks for the links on BBC - would love to get something accepted for them... Love the colours in your photo too.

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  10. I don't think I've ever heard the word "abaft" before. Thanks for helping my vocabulary grow! :)

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    1. There are a lot of underused words, Heather. I'm trying to help get them regular employment.

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  11. Have never heard the word before, but lovely picture!

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  12. Still no help to me. I can never remember if the stern is the pointy end or the blunt end.

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    1. The bow is pointy, Keith (think of it like a nose)

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  13. "Aha!....All hands of the Port watch...muster abaft the after smoke stack! Aha!"
    Or........."Aha!....All hands to muster abaft the beam!....Aha!"

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    1. I've no idea what you're on about but I do have the sudden urge to drink rum until I fall over my starboard flip flop.

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    2. As an ex Navy man, it means everything. Yes, drinking Rum? Wonderful. Caused me many a problem!!!!Lol! Ha, sorry in joke!

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  14. That's a lovely photo, it's made me feel all summery :o)

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    1. It makes me feel it must be time to book another holiday, Karen!

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  15. Good word - except that now I'll have to think of a nautical story so I can casually slip it in ...

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    1. Linda, if I see a rash of nautical themed stories appearing everywhere I'm going to take the credit for inspiring them!

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