Sailor Speak of the Week – Kink

Definition

Noun

  • An unwanted tight turn in a line.

Origin

Probably earlier than the 17th century. Earliest source appears to be from Old Norse, kika, meaning bend.

Comments

Has nothing to do with personal fetishes. Think like how you get a kink in your garden hose and the water stops flowing.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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