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    pronounce bowline knot?

    Dumb question from an unashamed dummy. Is the "bowline knot" pronounced like the bow of a ship or like the bow of a violin? I assume bow of a ship, since knot names are often coming from sailors.

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    (Bo-Line) like the bow of a violin.

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    we'd call it a bolin knot

    just to clarify by beating this horse past dead
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bowline
    theres a pronuciation button for the win
    Last edited by Ears; 08-01-2011 at 13:05. Reason: added link
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorapido View Post
    Dumb question from an unashamed dummy. Is the "bowline knot" pronounced like the bow of a ship or like the bow of a violin? I assume bow of a ship, since knot names are often coming from sailors.
    Your assumption is reasonable. Just remember, sailors always abbreviate everythin'. (blame the British)
    So take out the 'W' and the 'E', use a long-o and a short-i and say it quickly - you get bolin.


    PS. IMHO its the most useful of all knots.
    So many trees, so little time...

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    Bo-Lyn

    It's pronunciation is not quite as important as it's looks, but to be yar, one must do both correctly!

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    Arrrr ye be callin it whatever ye likes... arrrr...


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    +1 to timberr, i are a sailor, or was, and hes darn right,
    oooohhhhhhhhhhhhh, what do you do with a drunken sailor, what do you do with a drunken sailor, what do you do with a drunken sailor? earli in tha mornin.
    yoooooouuuuu shave his head with a rusty razor, shave his head with a rusty razor, shave his head with a rusty razor! erli in the mornin.....ect go on but i don wanna keep typing a song that makes me look retarded....
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    timberr, this is off topic, but how is the eurika chrysais....


    is it "an" eurika
    or "a" eurika............
    Last edited by Ears; 08-01-2011 at 13:50. Reason: it is not an eurika chastity
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    Every climbing or knots class I've ever had it was the "Bo-Lyn" pronunciation

    But if you were on a vessel, you would cast off the bow line (Bow like the part of a ship, or bending in half in front of the Queen)

    (Perhaps it is fixed to the ship with a "bo-lyn" though??)

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    Oxford dictionary for - bowline

    I just love good online dictionaries. Though I admit I don't pronounce the "i" as a long "i" (i.e., "eye").

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