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?

37 comments:

Wendy's Writing said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good one!

Anonymous said...

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

Patsy said...

Jolly good!

Patsy said...

Thanks, Alex.

Patsy said...

*groan*

Al said...

a gorgeous image, and not a bad word

Old Kitty said...

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

S.K. Anthony said...

Beautiful picture!
And great word ;)

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Thanks, Kitty.

Patsy said...

Thank you, S.K.

lizy-expat-writer said...

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

Liz Grace Davis said...

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

Patsy said...

Close enough, Lizy.

Patsy said...

Aaaw thanks, Liz.

Anonymous said...

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

Deborah Walker said...

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

Thanks you. I'm so excited!

TracyFells said...

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

Patsy said...

It was a warm day and we walked for miles.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

And good luck to you too, Tracy.

Heather Holden said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Have never heard the word before, but lovely picture!

Dream it, then do it said...

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

Patsy said...

Thanks, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

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

cheyenne jones said...

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

Karen said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

cheyenne jones said...

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

Linda D said...

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

Vikki (www.the-view-outside.com) said...

Great word! :)

Xx

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

I think so, Vikki.