Luffing

Is that not a lovely word? A friend came to visit and buy a couple of banners last week. Her husband is avidly into sailing, so I was describing the sound made by the banners I call Spinnakers. She said “Oh, that’s called luffing.” I will not be changing my description, because I think whup whup captures the actual sound for those of us who don’t know the lingo, but I sure do like adding this new word to my itty bitty sailing vocabulary. The only other word in there is yar, which I learned from the movie High Society with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby.