To Worship is to War Ship

To Worship is to War Ship… Old English langscip “warship, man-of-war;” Man-of-war. “A phrase applied to a line of battle ship, contrary to the usual rule in the English language by which all ships are feminine. It probably arose in the following manner: ‘Men of war’ were heavily armed soldiers. A ship full of them would be called a ‘man-of-war ship.’ In process of time the word ‘ship’ was discarded as unnecessary and there remained the phrase ‘a man-of-war.'”
— Talbot in Henry Fredrick Reddall Fact, fancy, and fable, 1892, p. 340

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