Origins of Words & Phrases

For the next exciting installment we are back to the great age of sail

The Great Age of Sail

The front end of a ship is known as the bow, or head. (The crude toilets on wooden sailing ships – basically a hole with a straight drop into the sea – were known as ‘The Heads’.) So the origin of today’s common term is very simple – when a ship was making good progress, it was said to be ‘making headway’.

Ahoy there!

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One Response to Origins of Words & Phrases

  1. chloefb says:

    Love the picture!

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