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  • noun An exposed partial deck on the stern superstructure of a ship.

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  • noun nautical A high, exposed deck at the stern of a ship (with cabins below).

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  • noun an exposed partial weather deck on the stern superstructure of a ship


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From poop ("the stern of a ship") + deck.


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  • swab it.

    February 12, 2007

  • There is rather a lot of discussion of genuine poop decks on the page for poop. Perhaps it should be pasted here...

    The purpose which started the whole poopy conversation:

    I had to replace the phrase "poop deck" in a text having to do with the slave trade that was going to be read by a bunch of 5th-graders. You can see why it had to be replaced. The slave trade is not funny, but 10-year-olds would be so distracted by the word... The original sentence read something like, "Men were fed on the quarterdeck, women and children on the poop."

    I remember it didn't even say poop deck, which changed its meaning entirely (from a modern perspective). Later, I found a number of additional usages that clearly mean poop deck, but shortened the phrase:

    "'I believe we may attack the adagio directly,' said Stephen. 'The wind is in our poop, and we have never played better.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 64

    But this one's even better:

    "'So she is the Bellona, the chief argosy of your command! ... Why, I declare, she has a poop, which adds much to her dignity.'"

    Wait! Wait! It goes on:

    "'When you are on the quarterdeck in a hot action with a really malignant enemy firing great guns and small arms, it is a wonderful comfort to have a solid poop behind you.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 70

    October 15, 2008

  • The kennel floor?

    April 24, 2010