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What is the meaning of the phrases "Fair Winds Calm Seas"

 
 
binda
 
Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 12:41 am
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engineer
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 05:04 am
@binda,
To a sailor, that is the equivalent of saying "good fortune" or "good luck".
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George
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 05:39 am
That's either the smallest lighthouse or the biggest dory ever.
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McTag
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 01:03 pm
@binda,

Hoping you avoid the storms of life.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 03:15 pm
@McTag,
Can you be more metaphorical, please.
McTag
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 03:19 pm
@InfraBlue,

I can. But do I have to be? It seems to be covered.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 17 Apr, 2015 03:29 pm
@McTag,
McTag wrote:


I can. But do I have to be? It seems to be covered.

I was being ironic. You explained a metaphor with another metaphor.
McTag
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2015 06:14 am
@InfraBlue,

I didn't realise Americans could do irony, sorry. But I did think another metaphor (carefully-chosen as it was) would help the questioner. I did want my reply to be brief; you can over-work these things.
Maybe he'll come back if he's still puzzled.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2015 08:13 am
To a sailor in a sailing boat or ship, a fair wind is one that is blowing in the direction he wants to go, and a calm sea is one with no large waves that will rock the boat or ship excessively or endanger it.
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