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#70568 - 05/19/02 01:20 PM challenge
Can anyone find the etymology of this:
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#70569 - 07/07/02 07:50 PM Re: challenge
Webster's Unabridged says:
cabotage (KAB e taj; Fr ka bo TAZH). n. 1. navigation or trade along the coast. 2. Aeron. the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a country's borders. [< F, deriv. of caboter to; see -age]
#70570 - 07/08/02 07:20 AM Re: challenge
Main Entry: cab.o.tage
Etymology: French, from caboter to sail along the coast
1 : trade or transport in coastal waters or airspace or between two points within a country
2 : the right to engage in cabotage_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#70571 - 07/08/02 11:45 AM Re: challenge
So I wonder if the explorer John Cabot, ancestor of famous Boston family, got his name
from this word. He was Italian, but perhaps there is a similar Italian word.
#70572 - 07/09/02 02:45 AM Re: challenge
Loc: Milan, Italy
I can confirm that Italian has a similar word. The expression is part of the koiné vocabulary of Mediterranean sailing and is originally rooted in the Portuguese word for "cape" (as in promontory). I suspect the name is merely a coincidence.
#70573 - 07/10/02 06:09 AM Re: challenge
Loc: manchester uk
#70574 - 07/10/02 06:16 AM Re: challenge
Nice links, mate. Shows how quickly a word's meaning can be abstracted. The word reminds me of sabotage (Fr: saboter).
I've got one for you now, dodgyskin:
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#70575 - 07/10/02 08:07 AM Re: challenge
Loc: manchester uk
very useful thank you me old son
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