Loggerhead

What does "Loggerhead" mean?

Today it means: Being stupid, being a bit thick.

There are several uses for the word "loggerhead" but in nautical terms it was an iron ball at the end of a rod that was heated up on a fire and then used to melt pay (pitch). Pay needed to be liquid enough to pour into the seams onboard a ship. It would be likely that when not used for melting pitch it would also be a very handy weapon. Maybe that is the link to two people being at loggerheads but it really means they are both being a bit stupid.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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