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    #1

    jetty/gangway

    Hi,

    Do you know the difference between a gangway and a jetty?

    Thank you


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    #2

    Re: jetty/gangway

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi,

    Do you know the difference between a gangway and a jetty?

    Thank you
    Not really, Carla, and I'm too lazy to look them up. Having been raised way inland, I'm more of a landlubber. My guess is that a gangway is the sloped platform that people walk down to get off a ship. A jetty is a dock of some sort.

    I'm sure there'll be someone along with more salt in their blood to help you, and me, out.


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    Re: jetty/gangway

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi,

    Do you know the difference between a gangway and a jetty?

    Thank you
    You go up the gangway [or gangplank] to the jetty from a boat. A gangway is also the passage in the cinema between the blocks of seats, or a raised walkway.


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    Re: jetty/gangway

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You go up the gangway [or gangplank] to the jetty from a boat. A gangway is also the passage in the cinema between the blocks of seats, or a raised walkway.
    The landlubber has a couple of queries.

    Could one not also "go down the gangway [or gangplank] to the jetty from a boat"?

    To me, a gangplank is a narrower version of a gangway. With the latter, you could walk up or down three abreast.


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    Re: jetty/gangway

    You can go up it or down it or across it or along it - however you wish to proceed.

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    #6

    Re: jetty/gangway

    A gangway is also the passage in the cinema between the blocks of seats, or a raised walkway.
    That is also called an aisle which also refers to the passage between seats in a church or the walking space between shelves in a supermarket.

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    Re: jetty/gangway

    gang O.E. gong "a going, journey, way, passage," and O.N. gangr "a group of men, a set," both from P.Gmc. *gangaz (noun of action related to *gangan "to go"), from PIE base *ghengh- "to step"" Gangway is O.E. gangweg "road, passage," and preserves the original sense of the word, as does gangplank (1846, Amer.Eng., replacing earlier gang-board).

    From the Online Etymological Dictionary.


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    Re: jetty/gangway

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    A gangway is also the passage in the cinema between the blocks of seats, ... .
    I've never heard that word applied to this situation in NaE but perhaps there are places that it's used in this manner.

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    #9

    Re: jetty/gangway

    We do use it sometimes here. Do you use 'gangway' as a way of asking people to get out of your way, especially when you are carrying something large?


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    Re: jetty/gangway

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We do use it sometimes here. Do you use 'gangway' as a way of asking people to get out of your way, especially when you are carrying something large?
    Absolutely, Tdol.

    Gangway, we're coming thru. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that that's the way that the ship gangway got its name. It could have been quite a scramble when the gangway was set for a bunch of sea weary sailors.

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