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This is very POSH!
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:59:47 AM »
For many years I sailed around the world by sea, I was just lucky I suppose sitting out on deck all day in the sun sailing around Africa, ah well, gone are those days a long time ago

I just wondered if any of you know where the word POSH came from?   Well Ive asked this to many people and they just didnt know so I am going to tell you.

In the old days you had to pay extra to sit on the sun deck on a ship and it was usually quite expensive to have your cabin on the sun deck.   So you paid extra to sit in the sun PORT SIDE OUT - STARBOARD HOME.

This became known as Port Out - Starboard Home.   Now because you paid extra you had money and you became known as a POSH PASSENGER.   Hence the word POSH - upper class person with lots o' dosh!!

So what a nice tale eh - if anyone knows any different please let me know.


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Re: This is very POSH!
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2006, 10:32:43 AM »
Hi Lin, according to the excellent web site, your explanation of the origins of "posh" is almost certainly apocryphal.

Go to: for a concise etymology of the word.

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Re: This is very POSH!
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2006, 10:45:44 AM »
Ah I was wrong then, its should have been the coolest cabins not the sunniest but read on,  I copied and pasted this explanation

This is another word with an apocryphal acronymic origin. Popular etymology has it that posh is an acronym for Port Out, Starboard Home. Supposedly, this acronym was printed on first-class tickets issued by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company going from England to India. The port side on the trip out would have the coolest cabins (or alternately the cabins with the best view). The same would be true of the starboard cabins on the return trip. From this origin, sprang the usage of the term meaning swank, elegant, or fashionable. Unfortunately for this excellent story, no tickets with Posh stamped on them have been found and company records reveal no sign of the phrase

Well this story went around the Merchant Navy for years and I dont believe this is entirely untrue just because there are no records of tickets, but it could have come from the sailors and crew themselves and I feel this is a more likely origin.  The other explanations though are equally as convincing so it just goes to show you mustn't believe everything you hear!!   

Thanks for your help Patrick, much appreciated.

« Last Edit: February 18, 2006, 10:48:09 AM by Lin »

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Re: This is very POSH!
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2006, 09:16:24 AM »

Thank you.


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Re: This is very POSH!
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2006, 12:30:00 PM »
       Be careful what you ask for....  I once got curious about the origin of 'snafu'  My dad and so many other military men gave me my answer   :o  but I could not find it documented anywhere. So I wonder where 'glitch' came from. I think I should ask some techies that one.  ;) mary


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Re: This is very POSH!
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2006, 09:30:36 PM »
   Just to put my nose in, as Mary mentioned military men, my time in the Army taught me the alternative meaning of N.A.A.F.I. : ''No Ambition And F*** all Interest.'

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