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Old 04-19-2005, 08:25 PM  
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Hey you boat types...

Why do they call the captain of the ship the "Skipper"?






Or am I basing my knowledge of nautical exploits solely on Gilligan's Island?
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:26 PM   #2
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Anyone in charge gets the "skipper" moniker. They call baseball managers "skipper" as well.
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:28 PM   #3
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Anyone in charge gets the "skipper" moniker. They call baseball managers "skipper" as well.
Okay. But what is the origin of the term?
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:30 PM   #4
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Okay. But what is the origin of the term?
I'd have to leave here and go to another site to find out. It's just not worth it.
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:44 PM   #5
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I'd have to leave here and go to another site to find out. It's just not worth it.
Exactly why I asked.
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:48 PM   #6
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Why do they call the captain of the ship the "Skipper"?
Here ya go!

Origin of the word skipper
English (chiefly Norfolk): 1: occupational name for the master of a ship, Middle English skipper (from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper.
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:49 PM   #7
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Here ya go!

Origin of the word skipper
English (chiefly Norfolk): 1: occupational name for the master of a ship, Middle English skipper (from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper.
Yeah, but where did the Germans and the Dutch get it from?
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:50 PM   #8
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...The later Dutch form of the same word, "schip," had a derivative, "schipper," which meant "captain of a ship" and lives on in our English term "skipper." Meanwhile, the German form wandered into first Italian (as "schifo"), then French ("esquif"), and finally settled into English in the 16th century as our modern "skiff."
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:53 PM   #9
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...The later Dutch form of the same word, "schip," had a derivative, "schipper," which meant "captain of a ship" and lives on in our English term "skipper." Meanwhile, the German form wandered into first Italian (as "schifo"), then French ("esquif"), and finally settled into English in the 16th century as our modern "skiff."
Thanks Skipper.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:09 PM   #10
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Thanks Skipper.
You wanna be "first mate?"
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:10 PM   #11
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I think its an old naval slang term that means leader.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:11 PM   #12
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:12 PM   #13
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:26 PM   #14
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