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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

aft is a derivation to eight that comes from Low German . The word achter has been used in New High German since the 18th century and is also used in a number of derivatives and compounds .

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".

Furthermore, location and direction names are used, for example abaft - behind the ship or to the rear or the backwaters for Bodden .

A stern sea is a swell that follows the ship; stern wind is tail wind.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ 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

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Wiktionary: aft  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations