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#70568 - 05/19/02 01:20 PM challenge
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
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Can anyone find the etymology of this:

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#70569 - 07/07/02 07:50 PM Re: challenge
Sparteye Offline

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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
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
from M-W:

Main Entry: cab.o.tage
Pronunciation: 'ka-b&-"täzh
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from caboter to sail along the coast
Date: 1831
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
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
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
pgrew Offline

Registered: 05/20/00
Posts: 8
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.
- ph

#70573 - 07/10/02 06:09 AM Re: challenge
dodyskin Offline

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Loc: manchester uk

#70574 - 07/10/02 06:16 AM Re: challenge
belligerentyouth Offline
old hand

Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
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:

- you might wan't to use this site if your link is any longer than about 40-50 characters. Goodonya squire!

#70575 - 07/10/02 08:07 AM Re: challenge
dodyskin Offline

Registered: 04/24/02
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Loc: manchester uk
very useful thank you me old son


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