Why do people say that cruise ships are 'sailing' when there are no sails?
- 2 months ago
Sailing is just a term used. It doesn't literally mean sailing with a sail, it just means drifting, riding, or cruising. Hence, Cruise ships.
- Den B7Lv 72 months ago
If planes can fly, then flies should be able to plane?
Why do we see pages with "This page intentionally left blank" printed on them?
Why do we board an airplane even is there are no wooden planks involved?
Why are ships considered "at sea" even when they're in an ocean?
Why do we insert power cords "in" to "outlets"?
Why do we buy a pair of pants when there's only one of the?
- hihi!Lv 72 months ago
Same as a plane landing on water; and ghoti spells fish.
- A.J.Lv 72 months ago
Carry-over term. It's just one of many little quirks in the transportation industry.
Gates at an airport terminal? I see doors; no gates indoors.
On a bus, but in a car - In a passenger van. How many seats in a passenger van before you get on it? And, I'd rather sit IN the plane than get on it. Most people get in a cruise ship rather than on one also. We book tickets without a book. We drag our carry-on luggage behind us on wheels. We pass through "customs". What's custom about it? In a stopover, they do actually land the plane. Why "embark and disembark"? and not just "get on and off"? Gangway? That's the path to get off the ship. An "outside cabin" is still inside, but has a window. And, the captain is on the bridge.
And if flying, in a water landing, use your seat cushion as a flotation device.
And life insurance doesn't keep you alive at all.
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- DCM5150Lv 72 months ago
And people say "rewind" the movie when there is nothing to wind.
And they say "roll up the window" when very few cars have manual windows
- MarkLv 72 months ago
For the same reason people still say "dial a call", even though most phones have been "press-button" since the mid-1970s, Some terms achieve a certain eclat, so to speak.