Last week, one of my students asked me the following:”Why is the English language so in love with ships?”
The blank stare on my face caused him to explain further…
“The English language always wants to use ships, you know, friendship, relationship, leadership, membership.”
I stood there stupefied, unable to formulate any real explanation. After digging deep down in my brain for the true answer, the best I could find was this:
When the English language was invented, we didn’t have cars or airplanes, so everything revolved around ships.
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why they pay me the big bucks.
Please don’t worry, I’ve since learned (and informed my students) that “ship” is a suffix denoting a quality or condition, thank you Webster.