Monday, 1 April 2013

A is For Abaft & Arlee!

Today is the first day of the Blogging From A To Z Challenge 2013.

And before I dive in to my theme for this year I think I should mention another 'A' - the founder of the Blogging From A To Z Challenge - Arlee Bird!

This is my third year participating in this challenge and I'd like to thank Arlee for starting this whole thing up - thanks Arlee! :) You can visit his blog by clicking here.

So anyway I revealed my theme a couple of weeks ago and so the very first word I came to in my dictionary that I didn't know was:

abaft adv, adj naut closer to the stern of a ship [Old English be by + √¶ftan behind]

So there you go - you learn something new everyday - some of you may have already known what 'abaft' meant but I know I certainly didn't. It's one of those words where I think I've heard the word before but if I had heard it I had no idea what it meant.

See you tomorrow... 


Nick Wilford said...

Interesting! I can't even remember hearing about it. There are all sorts of nautical terms like that, that have either slipped into wider usage, or are getting forgotten.

New follower from the Challenge!

petedenton said...

I stopped by as we are near on the A to Z Challenge list. Great idea for your theme. Happy blogging for the rest of April. :)

Tina said...

Great theme! I wish you all the best in the Challenge. My assistants will be able to visit more often, but as a co-host, I need to visit the whole list...thanks for understanding. Otherwise, this word nerd would be back here every day!

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Rosalind Adam said...

Could come in handy for Scrabble :-)

Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

Donna L Martin said...

I love ships (my brother was a Navy officer) and I love learning new things. Nice post. Good luck with the challenge! I participated last year and had a blast!

Donna L Martin

Nancy Thompson said...

I used to sail and I didn't know that. Stopping by from the A2Z (#149) and am now a new follower!

Jo said...

I lived on a boat for a large portion of my childhood (in England) and am therefore very familiar with this word. I am interested to see how many words you find that I don't know. I think of myself as being very 'up' on vocab, so its a kind of challenge to me.


Empty Nest Insider said...

Glad I learned a new word today. Nice to meet you, and I'm also a new follower.


Connie Gruning said...

Brilliant theme!! I'm going to learn a lot from you!
I'm visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge
Peanut Butter and Whine

Donna Hosie said...

I had never heard of it. You learn something new every day.

The Wicked Writer said...

oh, I didn't know that...kewl