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In the age of sail, there was a wall made from wooden boards, known as the bulwark, which extended approximately three to four feet above the main deck. Dishonest men would crouch behind the bulwark when another ship approached them. Honest men would stand and thus be seen above the boards. Hence to be honest is to be “above board.”

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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