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CARRY ON THE ORIGIN

Tuesday December 8th, 2009
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The phrase used to mean continue with what you are doing stems for a nautical term used when ships were sail driven. The officer of the deck kept a constant eye on the weather so they could recognise the slightest change in wind conditions. The sails would be reefed or added as necessary ensuring the quickest headway. If a good breeze came along the crew were ordered to hoist every bit of sail the yards could carry or too ‘carry on’.
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01/02/2013 @ 11:00 am
patrick nicholas
when I was travelling around the US in the early 70s - a time when very few people did, I found the term was unheard of by Americans.
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