For discussion of the source for this term, see User talk:Anachronist#Sourcing and User talk:Connel MacKenzie/archive-2006-10#Plagiarism? -Anachronist 22:21, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
- Be careful with guessing at etymology. The source I cited in the discussions above clearly refers to "principal ropes", not "heavy ropes and cables" the way you changed it. I'll revert back and add the citation. The government document number will have to wait (I no longer have a copy of the document, only my earier notes stating the title, author, and date).
- It's true the phrase isn't used in a nautical context anymore. The point of this entry is to emphasize that the etymology is nautical, and that the original meaning of the term is the reverse of modern meaning. Anachronist 17:22, 21 January 2009 (UTC)