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 Boxing-Day.Boy Bachelor. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Boy
 
in sailor language has no reference to age, but only to experience in seamanship. A boy may be fifty or any other age. A crew is divided into able seamen, ordinary seamen, and boys or greenhorns. A “boy” is not required to know anything about the practical working of the vessel, but an “able seaman” must know all his duties and be able to perform them.   1
       
“A boy does not ship to know anything.”
 


 Boxing-Day.Boy Bachelor. 

 
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