NAUTICAL SAYINGS GONE BY THE BOARD
Wednesday May 6th, 2009
GONE BY THE BOARD
It may sound like it but it has nothing to do with been sacked off by those attending a high-powered business meeting. The phrase gone by the board is an old sea term referring to the then traditional method of waste disposal and, on occasion, accidental loss at sea. The board is the side of a ship. There for anything that went ‘by’ it (i.e. overboard) was either unwanted or lost.