narfiknarfik (narfiknarfik) wrote in linguaphiles,
narfiknarfik
narfiknarfik
linguaphiles

I've been to the Naval Museum.
Browsing the exposition of ships and ships equipment I noticed that many guns of 18-19 th century have personal names. The names are "sudden death" and similar to that.
Why people prefer to give long two-three word names ("sudden death") to the smaller objects (guns), but they give short one-word names (Sacagawea, Odyssey, Victory) to the bigger objects (ships)?
Subscribe

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 10 comments