7:04 P.M. Just wondering …

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Getting into the latest album by Joe Satriani , ‘ Unstoppable Momentum ‘ , I was curious how the title of one particular song came about … Track number four … I’ve heard the phrase most of my life but never knew its’ origin … So I searched it …
LarJoe

‘ Three sheets to the wind ‘ ;

Derived from sailing ships. The ‘sheet’ in the phrase uses the nautical meaning of a rope that controls the trim of sail. If a sheet is loose, the sail flaps and doesn’t provide control for the ship. Having several sheets loose (“to the wind”) could cause the ship to rock about drunkenly. Before settling on the standard usage of “three sheets”, a scale used to be employed to rate the drunkenness of a person, with “one sheet” meaning slightly inebriated, and “four sheets” meaning unconscious. A better description relates this phrase to a square rigged ship sailing on the wind, on a bowline as they say. With the three windward sheets hauled all the way forward, in or to the wind, the ship will stagger like a drunken sailor as she meets the waves at an angle of 60 degrees to the beam. For loose sheets to have this effect there would have to be six loose sheets, three to windward and three to leeward. Also, unless all the upper sails secured to the yards were also loosed having the course sheets loose would not produce any change in a ship’s motion except to reduce its forward speed a bit.

*MORBNOTE ; Notice how the ‘ drunkenness ‘ plays a large role in the phrase ?!!! … Hence …

MorbLaughs copyMAKES SENSE !!! …

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