New survey reveals Britons are increasingly ignorant of nautical terms

Can people in Southampton tell their port from their starboard?

Can people in Southampton tell their port from their starboard?

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

FOR hundreds of years Southampton has been known for its seafaring folk.

But how many people living in the city today are clued up on their nautical terms?

According to a national Saga Boat Insurance poll, Britons are becoming a bunch of landlubbers and are failing to tell their ports from their starboards.

Research found 57 per cent of people under-50 don’t know what starboard means, while 50 per cent were unaware avast means stop.

In fact, 14 per cent of 18-24-year-olds thought avast meant “that’s a big one”.

But not everyone has forgotten their sea slang and the survey of 2,032 people revealed the over-50s have a much better knowledge than youngsters, with one in 50 25-34-year-olds believing a ‘bow’ is a dead, rotting fish and a ‘galley’ a ship’s disco.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, said: “Britain has a proud maritime history and a rich language that’s largely evolved from its seafaring heritage. It’s amazing how many phrases and terms originated on the ocean wave.

“The over 50s clearly have a firmer grasp of these terms than younger generations. It’s a shame they haven’t been able to keep abreast as it’s a link to our national identity shaped over centuries. No one’s suggesting they should walk the plank, however.”

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10:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

southy says...

What do you expect when Thatcher destroied the maritine industry in both ashore and afloat
What do you expect when Thatcher destroied the maritine industry in both ashore and afloat southy
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10:54pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Haireybiker says...

So who do you blame for your poor spelling and grammar?
So who do you blame for your poor spelling and grammar? Haireybiker
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10:26am Sat 2 Aug 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Britain is a nation of obese 38 stone slugs on benefits laying on the sofa watching Jeremy Kyle and Big Brother, smoking, drinking and only eating takeaways. And every one of them thinks they are actually a victim and that everything is someone else's fault.
Britain is a nation of obese 38 stone slugs on benefits laying on the sofa watching Jeremy Kyle and Big Brother, smoking, drinking and only eating takeaways. And every one of them thinks they are actually a victim and that everything is someone else's fault. MisterGrimsdale
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