My good friend and sponsor Mari from Capsurz found an article on mispronounced words with one sailing term on it and she thought I should write about the topic for other Mispronounced Nautical Terms and Sailing Jargon. The one word on the list she found was Boatswain pronounced bo-sun.
There is far more jargon from nautical land that is mispronounced and/or misspelled.
Historically many nautical terms had actually been spelled the way they were pronounced. However, when spelling standardization was implemented, starting with the first printing press in England in the late 1400’s, some words were re-spelled mostly in an effort to rid the English language of extra unnecessary letters. Not all words got revamped and some were completely spelled anew including some sailing jargon.