Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Armenia
      • Current Location:
      • Armenia

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 251
    • Post Thanks / Like

    the coop of the counter?

    Is there any idea about this? "My brother was at the stern, holding on to a large empty water-cask which had been securely lashed under the coop of the counter . . .. "

  1. Grumpy's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 970
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: the coop of the counter?

    The rear end of a ship or boat is called the "Stern", and a "Counter Stern" is a particular type. In this case, instead of having a flat stern, which descended vertically to the surface of the sea from where the writer's brother was sitting, the stern would have descended vertically for a distance, then sloped inwards towards the bows of the ship, forming an overhanging (ie counter) stern. The sloping bit is called the "Counter", and the water-cask would have been hanging from this handy "ceiling" above the water line. I presume that "coop" refers to the shelter/shade/enclosure afforded by the counter.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] at/on the counter
    By Julie17 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Nov-2013, 15:16
  2. coop for cooperation or intern?
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-Feb-2013, 09:38
  3. My counter is
    By goodstudent in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 21-Mar-2012, 17:06
  4. Counter
    By philadelphia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 17-Nov-2008, 00:26
  5. over the counter?
    By Avalon in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-Jul-2006, 12:43


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts