The word aft from Low German means rear . Today it is only used in standard German in the sailor's language , but in northern Germany it has also been used in Low German street names such as "Achter de Kark" (behind the church) or "Achtern Diek" (behind the dike ) .
About the etymology
Use of the word
In Low German and in the seaman's language, aft or aft replaces the High German counterparts behind or behind . Examples are "aft" for the rear part of a ship, "stern" for the rear Steven (or jokeful the buttocks), "astern running" for "move backwards".
- Kluge - Etymological dictionary of the German language , edited by Elmar Seebold, 24th edition, de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2002, Lemma achter . ISBN 3-11-017472-3