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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:00:00 AM
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Today's topic: sheet

map - Comes from Latin mappa mundi, "sheet of the world" from mappa, "napkin, tablecloth." More...

ream - Used to be 480 sheets of paper and is now 500. More...

bed clothes, night clothes - Bed clothes usually refers to blankets and sheets, while night clothes refers to pajamas and gowns. More...

portfolio - Comes from Italian for "carry" and "sheets or leaves of paper." More...

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thar
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 2:12:43 AM

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In sailing, a sheet is a rope attached to a sail, from the word for the corner of a sail.
eg the mainsheet controls the mainsail.


eg 'three sheets to the wind' = if the ropes are not properly set the sails will flap and the boat will lurch about like a drunken sailor.




coag
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 2:36:02 PM

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English is using the same word to describe spaces of different dimensions. That's questionable in mathematical sense.
(A sheet of paper can be simplified to a two-dimensional space and a mainsheet can be simplified to a one-dimensional space.)

Anyway, thanks, thar, for your comments. A line (rope) meaning of "sheet" is new to me.
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