JAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 37473 times:
There are some names for some things which seems strange. One of them is the name for the flight deck of an aircraft which is commonly called the 'cockpit'. Does anyone know where it got it's name? I don't think it has anything to do with a male chicken. If it does it that would be rather funny. I am sure there are other names and customs in aviation which seems strange if one does not know the reason or origin. I once started a trend in the tech ops section 'why does the captain sit on the left' and I learn't alot. It would be interesting to hear from knowledgeable a.netters about the origin of 'cockpit'. I am sure I will also hear from a few with a good sense of humor, just keep it clean please. Thanks.
Airbuff From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 37438 times:
I found this...
The original sense of this term was a pit for fighting cocks. This sense appears around 1587. In 1599, Shakespeare used the term in Henry V to refer to the theater and specifically the area around the stage. The theatrical reference was his invention, obviously playing on the idea of a cockfight being a performance.
The nautical sense arose about 1700. It was not an open area, but rather a compartment below decks. Normally, it would be the sleeping quarters for junior officers, but in battle would be the hospital. This sense appears unrelated to the theatrical sense, and may have been chosen because junior officers lorded over the sailors like roosters or because of a physical resemblance to the space where chickens were kept. The nautical sense transferred to airplanes around 1914 and to cars in the mid-1930s.
Where am I going, and why am I in this handbasket?
Quote: Then they mention carry-on luggage, the first time I heard carry-on, I thought they were going to bring a dead deer on board. I thought what the hell do they need with that. Don't they have those little TV dinners anymore? Then I thought carry-on, carry-on, there's going to be a party. People are going to be carrying on, on the plane. Well, I don't care for that, I like a serious attitude on the plane, especially on the flight deck, which is the latest euphemism for COCKPIT. Can't imagine why they wouldn't want to use a lovely word like COCKPIT, can you? Especially with all those stewardesses going in and out of it all the time.
No naughtier than the rest of the stuff in this thread (but other parts of the web page do get naughtier!).
TPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 36342 times:
Quoting Bond007 (Reply 17): As Airbuff mentioned, started obviously as a nautical term. Much aviation terminology is actually copied over from nautical - port, startboard, cockpit, 'stowing luggage', boarding, etc.