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Each of two guy ropes running from the end of a gaff to opposite sides of the deck.
- ‘If the vang is on tight and the wind drops be sure to ease it to maintain good mainsail trim.’
- ‘Especially in heavy winds, ease the vang an inch or two for the reach.’
Mid 18th century: variant of obsolete fang, denoting a gripping device, from Old Norse fang ‘grasp’, of Germanic origin.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.