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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 22nd March 2018
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spinnaker (noun) SPIN-a-kr

Large but lightweight triangular sail used by yachts running before the wind.

The word was coined in the 1860s and was probably derived from the name of the yacht that first used it, the Sphinx.

The milkwhite dolphin tossed his mane and, rising in the golden poop the helmsman spread the bellying sail upon the wind and stood off forward with all sail set, the spinnaker to larboard.

James Joyce, Ulysses. Pt II. Amazon

It is more than a thousand feet high and shaped like a white spinnaker billowing landward in an onshore breeze.

James Bennet, The New York Times, 16 March 2007 New York Times

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