“One Who Steers A Ship”

8 Jul

Pilot

1512, “one who steers a ship,” from M.Fr. pillot,  from It. piloto,  O.It. pedoto,  usually said to be from Medieval Gk. *pedotes  “rudder, helmsman,” from Gk. pedon  “steering oar,” related to pous  (gen. podos ) “foot” (see foot). Change of -d-  to -l-  in L. parallels that in odor/olfactory. Sense extended 1848 to “one who controls a balloon,” and 1907 to “one who flies an airplane.” The verb is first recorded 1693.

Thanks for steering us through a massive dust storm in Phoenix!
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4 Responses to ““One Who Steers A Ship””

  1. arianne1220 July 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Scary! Dust storm!!
    They let you snap a pic? Or were you sneaky about it?

    • Diz July 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      They let me!

  2. Fabianne July 9, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Why isn’t that man watching the road?

    • Diz July 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      Ha. Layover!

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