One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
seaman, seafarer, seafaring man, marinerView synonyms
- ‘Sailors became known as Jack Tars because of their clever use of this natural gooey substance to waterproof things.’
- ‘Are we about to sail? We are if the Blue Peter is on the masthead. Back to the ship, you jack-tars, unless you want a flogging.’
Jack tar/ˌjak ˈtär/
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