Monday, January 30, 2006

Head games

It can be very hazardous to go sailing without knowing nautical terminology. I was chatting earlier today with someone whose dad owns a fairly large sailboat. “You can fit two people in one of the heads”, she said, “and the other head can hold three.”

For a few moments I visualized three people crammed into a standard sailboat head. I thought her description was a novel way of emphasizing the luxury of dad's big boat. Then I realized she was confusing “head” with “cabin”. Imagine, if she were to join a crowded boat for a weekend, saying “Oh, I’m fine sleeping up in the forward head…”


Blogger Tillerman said...

lol - I had the same visions. I couldn't imagine what three people would be doing in there at once.

1/31/06, 5:28 PM  

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