Ahoy, Ye Matey!
Wow! Can it really be our 6thNautical Idiom Tuesday? Are you using our nautical idioms when you speak and write?
Have you heard them spoken in movies and television shows?
Let’s review the ten that we’ve learned so far…
1. all hands: everyone
2. anchors aweigh: raise the anchor
3. learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task
4. pipe down: be quiet
5. ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized
6. tight ship: well-managed
7. in the same boat: facing a shared problem
8. batten down the hatches: prepare for a challenging situation
9. rock the boat: do something to cause problems
10.make waves: shock or surprise people with something new or different
In Deep Water
Strolling across the Helo Deck, yesterday, I overheard one cadet say to another, “Be sure to set your alarm clock. If you sleep through Morning Formation and show up late for his Bridge watch, you’ll be in deep water.”
I was confused. Missing morning formation or failing to arrive for a scheduled watch on time is a serious offense that results in demerits. That part, I understood. What I couldn’t grasp was how a cadet that overslept would end up in deep water.
I became concerned for his safety. Would the cadet be in boat or floating somewhere in the Caribbean Sea? The deepest point in the Caribbean Sea is the Cayman Trough at 25,217 feet. Would he ended up there?
I ran back to the cadets and offered to loan them my alarm clock. I explained that I didn’t want them to end up in the deep ocean waters. The cadets shook their heads and reminded me that I was taking the idiom “in deep water” literally. I was relieved when he explained that he didn’t want his buddy to end up getting demerits or to disappoint Captain Campbell. He also said that when you arrive late for your watch, you are impacting the cadets who have already worked for four hours and are eager to leave and get some rest. That made sense!
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the idiom “in deep water” means “to be in or get into serious trouble”. The cadet wouldn’t end up in the ocean if he arrived late for his watch, but he would get into a whole lot of trouble.
All that talk about deep water got me thinking about just how deep the Earth’s oceans are. I was fascinated by these charts and thought that you would be too.
Please continue to use our eleven nautical idioms. We will wrap up Nautical Idiom Tuesdays next week with our twelfth and final idiom. Until then, please do your best then to avoid getting “in deep water”. I know you can do it.
Your favorite Buccaneer,