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[DPRG] Definition of dead reckoning

Subject: [DPRG] Definition of dead reckoning
From: Kipton Moravec kip at kdream.com
Date: Mon Jun 9 11:34:00 CDT 2003

At 08:05 AM 6/9/03, you wrote:

>I still contend that dead reckoning was so named because sailors would 
>often end up dead navigating this way.  I haven't been able to confirm or 
>deny this but I can't see any other way the word dead would used.

The British use dead differently than we do.

I saw a traffic sign in London that said, "Dead Slow"  That has to be 
slow... :)

My guess, since I do not have a British dictionary anymore, is that it is 
used as a superlative -- like "very much". So dead reckoning is "very much 
a guess".  

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