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Why is sailing terminology so weird?

The cosmopolitan nature of this activity, together with its antiquity , are the reasons why it is loaded with terms foreign to many languages, including Spanish. This is the case of words such as cunnimgam , which is the name of the rig that tenses the luff (central part of the yard) of the mainsails; spinnaker , a special sail that is used in regattas, or strambata , a kind of stern turn that also occurs in haggling.

For the same reason, a large part of his vocabulary is of Spanish origin. As for example hunt , which means to collect or retrieve a rope; girdle , sail in such a way that the heading of the ship forms an angle of between 80º and 40º with respect to the axis of the wind direction, or pajarín , a special rig designed to adjust the mainsails.

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