REAL Answer to "WEIGH ENOUGH" Question !!!!!

REAL Answer to "WEIGH ENOUGH" Question !!!!!

Post by Richard D. Lew » Sat, 26 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Alright you rec.sport.rowing types   !!!!!!!!!!

The origion to the command "weigh enough" is so
simple, so easy, yet NO ONE answered correctly!
Shame on all of you !!!!!!!!!  What kind of
rowers do we have out there in the world today ?
Certainly none that had to actually WORK on the bridge
of a freighter or steamer.  

Weigh = Boat moving forward, i.e. Under Weigh

NOW TURN THE COMMAND AROUND !!!!!!!!!!!

............ "ENOUGH WEIGH"  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i.e.  The boat (shell) is moving forward enough !!!!!!

The words were reversed to make a "better" voice
command!  For the coxes it comes off of the tongue
easier!

"ENOUGH WEIGH" is still used by older harbor pilots to
communicate that the ship is going ahead fast enough
and not to increase the speed.  

Richard Lewis

 
 
 

REAL Answer to "WEIGH ENOUGH" Question !!!!!

Post by Hcrun » Sun, 27 Oct 1996 04:00:00

The correct spelling for that sense of the word is "way," I think.
Otherwise you're right on the mark about this.

Howard Runyon
Chicago

 
 
 

REAL Answer to "WEIGH ENOUGH" Question !!!!!

Post by LeeAnn Tzen » Tue, 29 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> The correct spelling for that sense of the word is "way," I think.
> Otherwise you're right on the mark about this.

linguistically, the two spellings "way" and "weigh" have been flipped a
number of times through the development of the modern english from old
and middle english.  You are correct that in the modern sense the "way"
spelling is the appropriate one, though.

--L

 
 
 

REAL Answer to "WEIGH ENOUGH" Question !!!!!

Post by Richard D. Lew » Wed, 30 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Ouch !   Sorry LeeAnn.  I didn't know that
you had reasoned it out first.  I guess
great minds think alike.   Richard

Quote:


>> Alright you rec.sport.rowing types   !!!!!!!!!!

>> The origion to the command "weigh enough" is so
>> simple, so easy, yet NO ONE answered correctly!
>> Shame on all of you !!!!!!!!!  What kind of
>> rowers do we have out there in the world today ?
>> Certainly none that had to actually WORK on the
bridge
>> of a freighter or steamer.

>I posted that already.  The answer has been out for

quite some time.  It
Quote:
>is all very well to put forth the answer, but I

didn't put any definite
Quote:
>statements of "hey I know the answer and you don't"
because I don't
>have, and have yet to see evidence of *anyone*
having, concrete
>linguistic evidence.  It's all been speculation and
intuitive guessing.

>No statements against you, but the answer *has* been
posted for a while.

>--L