Issue 168, page 3
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Guestmudgeon Jack Cook goes into a tack
Briefly, tact is defined as "a ready and delicate sense of what is fitting and proper" while tack in this sense is "a course or line of conduct or action; implying change or difference from some preceding or other course". It comes from the nautical verb tack "take a course or movement obliquely opposed to the direction of the wind".
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