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Old 08-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default What does Three sheets means?

I recently discovered that hilarious show, And there is an episode where Zane is close to explain the meaning of three sheets but doesn't.

I googled it, looked throught this forum and still haven't found an explanation about the name of the show.

Will someone enlighten me?

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Old 08-22-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=three%20sheets%20to%20the%20wind
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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Your google fu must suck....

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Derived from sailing ships. The 'sheet' in the phrase uses the nautical meaning of a rope that controls the trim of sail. If a sheet is loose, the sail flaps and doesn't provide control for the ship. Having several sheets loose ("to the wind") could cause the ship to rock about drunkenly. Before settling on the standard usage of "three sheets", a scale used to be employed to rate the drunkenness of a person, with "one sheet" meaning slightly inebriated, and "four sheets" meaning unconscious. A better description relates this phrase to a square rigged ship sailing on the wind, on a bowline as they say. With the three windward sheets hauled all the way forward, in or to the wind, the ship will stagger like a drunken sailor as she meets the waves at an angle of 60 degrees to the beam. For loose sheets to have this effect there would have to be six loose sheets, three to windward and three to leeward. Also, unless all the upper sails secured to the yards were also loosed having the course sheets loose would not produce any change in a ship's motion except to reduce its forward speed a bit.
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three sheets to the wind is an old sailors term for an unsecured sail causing the ship to rock and heave back and forth - like a drunk man walking.

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Well, originally 'Three Sheets' wass short for 'Three Sheets to the Wind'. This is a nautical term for how many sails you have open to the wind. The more sails (sheets), the faster you go. To call someone 'Three Sheets' is to call them very drunk. I can only imagine that there is supposed to be some correlation between the two, but I'm not sure what it is.

Edit. Didn't read the previous posts. I guess I misunderstood the nautical usage. There you go.

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Do i get points for not using google??

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Your google fu must suck....
Obviously! Lol Thank you all.
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It's NOT the sail, it's THE ROPE!

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Don't be taken aback to hear that sheets aren't sails, as landlubbers might expect, but ropes (or occasionally, chains). These are fixed to the lower corners of sails, to hold them in place.
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Solve the problem and watch Dave Attell's Insomniac. As Drinking Made Easy derives from 3 Sheets, 3 Sheets is derived from Insomniac. Much better in my view.

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It's NOT the sail, it's THE ROPE!
As I was taught, if you want to get really technical about it, it's not called a "rope" either, but a "line." The term "rope" on ships (or at least on sailboats) generally refer to ropes that are 1" or thicker, generally used for securing ships to harbors. "Lines" are ropes that are smaller, and are used throughout a boat.

A "sheet" (main sheet, jib sheet, etc) is a "line" that controls the (main, jib, etc) sail.

However, this (slightly) contradicts info on wikipedia, which claims that "rope" refers to raw material, "line" refers to a rope with a purpose, and "cable" refers to thick ropes.

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