Why Is It Called a Guy Wire?

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Guy wires are used often in boating, and many people wonder where the odd name comes from. It is called a “guy wire†because of the roots by which the word was derived. Old English and French used the term “Guide†and “Guy†to mean similar things; while the French used a term “guier†meaning to guide. Because a guy wire is used to guide, the name of the wire became “guy†which sounded very much like the old English and French terms. In fact, some people still just use the term 'guide wire' instead of 'guy wire.'
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