Friday, 30 May 2008

Red Sky at Night

I grew up 4-5 hundred miles from an ocean and for these purposes I count the Gulf of Mexico. It was there that I saw my first ocean going vessel, a huge rusty-looking merchant ship, in the Port of New Orleans in 1980.

So why we in Oklahoma always said "Red sky at night, sailors' delight" is beyond me, particularly as Bill, who grew up less than 15 miles from the North Sea, says it's "shepherds' delight".

Somebody explain that one to me, please.

1 comment:

Rick Stone said...

Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning. Don't know why that was used here in Oklahoma but we lived by it when at sea during my Navy steaming days.