From Wikipedia, I know Aye aye sir is used in a naval response. I want know the origin of why Aye aye sir is used here?

Another question: when I saw TV series A Song of Ice and Fire, I found Aye is used in their conversation. In which cases could Aye be used?


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The appearance of the word "aye" twice is to signify that the order has been understood and will be carried out. Per the wikipedia article you cited:

It differs from yes, which, in standard usage, could mean simple agreement without any intention to act. ... This might be a matter of life and death for a ship at sea.

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The Navy heritage FAQ also offers a less-than-definitive explanation of the origin:

This affirmative expression is generally supposed to be a corruption of the words Yea, yea. The claim is advanced that Cockney accents changed the Yea to Yi, and from there it was a simple transition to Aye.

There are some other thoughts on the matter, but generally a lack of consensus on how exactly it came about.

To your second question, "aye" in general can be a substitute for "yes", particularly in variants of British les-grizzlys-catalans.org.


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answered Oct 21 "14 at 3:32
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"aye" might be connected in some way with an old Latin defective verb "aio" meaning "I say yes". I haven"t checked if this connection holds water, it is a first idea, but I think it might be possible. I"ll do some research.

Added:Etymonline says: origin unknown. Three hypotheses: from I, variant from yes, from aye 2, adverb.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=aye&searchmode=none

I think the hypothesis of Latin aio might be possible. Another thing is to get an idea what course this Latin formula might have taken. Possibly it became a standard formula in nautical language in Roman times and slowly spread into other languages. I don"t know the corresponding nautical formulas in Italian, Spanish, French etc. But it would be interesting to figure this out.


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"Aye" or "aye, aye" means you may not agree with the order but it will be carried out immediately because you trust your captain with your life. A "Yes, Sir" response means you understand the order but need more information before carrying out the order.I have no references other than an old salty Master Chief I served under in the US Navy.

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