Sailor Speak of the Week – Aloft

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  • Up a mast.


12th century. English.


One of the few nautical terms that actually originated in English. To go aloft means to climb up a mast. Alternatively, to be aloft is for something to be up on the mast.


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

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