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Old 03-19-2021, 09:41 AM   #11
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I thought you were making a bad pun using the fact that wind is traditionally measured in knots, at least for sailors.
Yes, knots in a line (rope).
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Old 03-19-2021, 03:09 PM   #12
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Yes, knots in a line (rope).
I was speaking about the unit, not actual knots in a line, but since the latter is the etymology for the former (which I didn't know), I guess we're on the same path.

Strictly speaking, according to WP, knots in a line were used to measure a vessel's speed through the water, not windspeed.

I had always assumed that "knot" was derived from "nautical miles per hour" using the sound of the first syllable.
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