I like the cut of your jib!

Rick Johnson   Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:00 pm GMT
Anyone know the origins of this old-fashioned saying?
j   Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:13 pm GMT
Rick Johnson   Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:33 pm GMT
That gives the meaning, not the origin from what I can see!
j   Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:07 pm GMT
Probably it is sailing jargon.
Robin   Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:34 am GMT
In a single masted yacht, the jib is the sail at the front. A single masted yacht is called a Bermuda Sloop. (So, do you known what a painter is?)


The other thing that I found out was:

You all know what a "Supermarine Spitfire" is?

I found out where the word 'Spitfire' comes from.

storm jib
Sometimes called a spitfire. A small jib made out of heavy cloth for use in heavy weather. Sometimes brightly colored.
storm sail
The storm jib and storm trysail. Small sails built from heavy cloth for use during heavy weather.
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The jib increases both the sail area and the effectiveness of the mainsail. The space between the jib and the mainsail, called the slot, forces the air to flow faster behind the mainsail.
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painĀ·ter 2 (pntr)
A rope attached to the bow of a boat, used for tying up, as when docking or towing.


[Middle English peintour, probably from Old French pentoir, strong rope, from pendre, to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pendre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

Guest   Thu Oct 05, 2006 11:56 am GMT
In other words, I like your circumcision!