I've become increasingly aware of the C.A.N.O.E. since the first time I stepped aboard a sailboat: the Committee to Ascribe Nautical Origins to Everything. It's inescapable. Here's a running list of why:

  • All hands on deck
  • On board
  • Three sheets to the wind
  • Masthead (journalism)
  • Change tack
  • Learn the ropes (though we call them lines...)
  • Headwinds, tailwinds
  • Jerry rigged
  • Take the wind out of someone's sails
  • A shot across the bow
  • In shipshape
  • Rats abandoning a sinking ship
  • Run a tight ship
  • Two ships passing in the night
  • In the same boat
  • Flotsam and jetsam
  • In the doldrums
  • Tide over
  • Give a wide berth
  • Lost its mooring
  • Drifting rudderless
  • Take the helm
  • Keel over
  • Room to swing a cat
  • Loose cannon
  • Run aground