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Dumb question #37 - "Browline" or "brow line"?

Crumbly Writer

Ran into this today. Traditional dictionaries use "brow line", but internet searches find hundreds of references to "browline" (not including the commercial products). So which is appropriate to use?

I'd assumed that "browline" would be more widely understood, but my editor objected, assuming no one would understand the term and would consider it a sloppy error.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

Where do you find these editors?

Dominions Son

@Dominions Son

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browline_glasses

Browline glasses go back to the late 1940s.

Personally, I don't think anyone who is confused by browline would be any less confused by brow line

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Dominions Son

I thought the issue was sailing, where ships tie up using a bow line. Or is that Bowline?

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@richardshagrin

I thought the issue was sailing, where ships tie up using a bow line. Or is that Bowline?


For ships it would be bowline. Browline refers to the line of your brow.

Crumbly Writer

@Dominions Son

Where do you find these editors?

I added the bit about reader confusion. He just objected to the use of the word, I'm assuming because it's not in most dictionaries.

@Dominions Son

For ships it would be bowline. Browline refers to the line of your brow.

He stumbled into the rigging, bruising his browline in the bowline.

Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

He stumbled into the rigging, bruising his browline in the bowline.


+10 :-)

Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

I'm assuming because it's not in most dictionaries.


I found it in several on-line dictionaries.

graybyrd

@Crumbly Writer

He stumbled into the rigging, bruising his browline in the bowline.


Ummm ... close, but no seegar! Actually, he romped down the brow, stumbled, grabbed at the brow line and snagged his digit in the hitch, breaking his pinky. A proper bowline in the brow line would've prevented that. Ask any sailor!

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@graybyrd

Ummm ... close, but no seegar! Actually, he romped down the brow, stumbled, grabbed at the brow line and snagged his digit in the hitch, breaking his pinky. A proper bowline in the brow line would've prevented that. Ask any sailor!

Yeah, I understand what a bowline is, one of the few lines in a boat I remember, but didn't think it was worth detailing at the expense of the joke.

Replies:   graybyrd
graybyrd

@Crumbly Writer

Yeah, I understand what a bowline is, one of the few lines in a boat I remember, but didn't think it was worth detailing at the expense of the joke.


I betcha didn't know what a brow was. What joke?

Perv Otaku

Any time I'm not sure about something like whether a term is one word, two words, or hyphened, I check the dictionary.

If you check google, you're going to find two things:
1) Grammar expert sites with people asking the same question.
2) The term used in various places in all conceivable versions by people who just guessed at it.

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