Amidships: Sir Eveland’s Sexy, Historical Word of Tuesday, Nov 15th

I bet some of you wonder “why does he call words sexy?” Others wouldn’t ask that question in a million years. Like, come on … how is amidships not a sexy word? It was most popular in the 17th century, inspired by the word amid.

Amidships is an adverb as well as an adjective which means “near the middle of the ship” or “between the bow and stern.” For example, the whale crashed into the hull amidships.

What I think makes this word so nubile, though, is its other more modern and loose definition: “in or towards midway.” For example, the officer was hit somewhere amidships when he made his desperate dash for cover.


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