ALL HANDS ON DECK, OR MISUNDERSTANDING
I still can’t forget that funny story from my school learnbook ,,,
To cut a long story short, 2 young inexperienced sailors joined a ship’s crew. Once upon a time, the captain of the ship commanded ‘All hands on deck!’ The new-comers put their hands on the ship’s deck ,,, And what happened further!!! Oh, the poor guys!!! The rest of the crew ran on the deck treading on the hands of the new-comers.
So what does the expression ‘all hands on deck’ mean? I can reveal you that secret, it’s a cry used on board ship to indicate that all crew members are to go on deck, thus the word ‘hands’ is referred to the crew of the ship.
Perhaps you know some other funny stories based on the ambiguity of the meaning ,,, so don’t be shy, share with us!!!