Nautical Phrases in Everyday Use
There are an inordinate amount of phrases in everyday life that have derived from a nautical origin. Here are just a few:
One of my favourite expressions, often used whilst waiting for slow children (now in their 20’s but still slow!) to hurry up and leave the house. This was a term used to describe the wind when it blew in flaws. A flaw is an unexpected gust of wind. It was said to faff about and thus faffing about is used to describe aimless behaviour.