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    Re: Which Cocked Hat?
    From: Zane Grey
    Date: 2019 Aug 1, 12:33 -0700

    There is an older saying 'knocked into a cocked hat' of unclear origins that meant to beat something out of shape, or create an unwinable situation... This is recorded in American papers in the 1830s. Certainly by the 1900s this was a standard phrase in English. It is possible that this is the origin of the navigation 'cocked hat' as if you get one you have messed up. I can imagine a more experienced officer looking at your chart and sneering 'you've beat that into a cocked hat!'

       
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