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an imaginary gnome like creature, mischief maker, to whom is attributed mechanical problems, especially in aircraft. (Perhaps Irish : Gruaimin, bad tempered little guy, gruaim (gloom)
Anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong.
The American Heritage College dictionary, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002).
if anything can go wrong it will popular restatement
If there is a system designed for human use the weakest link is the unskilled or unfamiliar user of the hardware.
(actual statement about aircraft design flaws)
Natural History Magazine (N.D. n.p.)
|is actually a term applied to ships originally it referred to someone who took over from the captain as a ship approached a harbor, where the expertise of the pilot in navigating in confined spaces and with crowded ships outclassed the ability of the ships' captains.|
|Pitch, the movement, or oscillation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle around a horizontal axis perpendicular to the direction of motion.|
|Yaw, the twisting movement (of a moving ship or aircraft), to roll or to oscillate about a vertical axis: [ for example], the jet yawed sharply to the right.
As a noun:
a rotation, twisting, or oscillation of a moving ship or aircraft around a vertical axis.
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