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StanFlouride
1219819.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:19 pm Reply with quote

North by Northwest is not a compass point or intended to be.
It is a mariners' term that describes the direction the wind is coming from. For sailors in the North Atlantic it was a bad omen, it is the direction from which the worst storms (Nor'westers) arrive.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1219831.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:01 pm Reply with quote

StanFlouride wrote:
North by Northwest is not a compass point or intended to be.
It is a mariners' term that describes the direction the wind is coming from. For sailors in the North Atlantic it was a bad omen, it is the direction from which the worst storms (Nor'westers) arrive.


Still sounds like a compass point to me...

 
'yorz
1219835.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:28 pm Reply with quote

I think in that case it would be North-northwest.

Points of the compass

 
PDR
1220244.  Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:22 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
I think in that case it would be North-northwest.

Points of the compass


There is a compass point "Northwest by North" (326.25 degrees) which is different to the compass point "North-Northwest" (337.5 degrees).

The former is only found on the 32-point rose what the latter is found on both 32 and 16-point roses.

PDR

 
gruff5
1221228.  Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:18 pm Reply with quote

they still sound like compass points to me, too!

 
artymcclench
1289320.  Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:51 am Reply with quote

Well, Cary Grant headed north and west from the UN building on the East River in NY NY, via Chicago and cornfields of Illinois, Mount Rushmore in the Dakota territory (South? North? Who cares?) and these areas each in their time were known as the Northwest (before the Northwest became the Northwest, of course).

I'd say he was heading north by northwest.

(South Dakota, I know)

 

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