Which is the ship's tack: its speed
or its direction?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
According to the COD, the ship's direction - as determined by the position
of the sails - is its tack.
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