Where we got posh The term “posh” has come to connote wealth, luxury and elitism.

And quite rightly so. It goes back to the days when the titled and rich gentry sailed in wooden ships and later in the early steamers from Britain around the Cape of Good Hope to the Indies.

In those days scheduling the passage was made by clerks with green eye shades, sitting at a high desk and making quill pen entries in a leather-bound ledger.

For those who had the money to be choosey, cabin reservations were made to take advantage of the rising eastern sun on the way south to round the Cape and again on the way north when returning to England.

On the outward leg the reservation was thus made for a cabin on the port side, while the homeward leg required a cabin on the starboard side. The eye-shaded clerk would make an inked entry in his ledger for “Port Outward; Starboard Home.”

In the interest of brevity in a narrow ledger column this was contracted to P.O.S.H.

John G. Allison, M.D. Nemours Drive

Charleston Revealing signs In response to the April 14 letter “Sign language,” I, too, am overjoyed that Charleston County found funds in a tight budget to put up new signs on Wadmalaw Island.

It is wonderful that signs to identify 100-year-old roads on rural Wadmalaw Island were given priority over fixing major thoroughfares or installing traffic signals in accident prone intersections.

This is very helpful, especially to lifelong residents of our island, who clearly had no idea what the name of the bridge is that connects Wadmalaw Island to “civilization.”

Perhaps these new signs are intended for the hundreds of bicyclists who insist on taking excursions to Wadmalaw during peak traffic hours and obstructing the daily commute of actual residents.

Now, thanks to these wonderful new signs, they will know the names of the streets that they block with their large groups of bicycles.

Diane Cushing Bears Bluff Road

Wadmalaw Island Handgun facts

Once again, the folks who seem to think we need to ban handguns neglect to pay attention to the facts. It’s not the people who legally purchase a handgun, get the professional training on its use and then choose to obtain a concealed carry permit who “use the handgun for the chief purpose to kill or maim.”

Nor is it the person who legally purchases a handgun for home defense only.

It is the “criminal element” in our society. A handgun ban will not stop them for obtaining guns to commit crimes.

It has been proven over and over that states that allow handgun ownership and concealed-carry permits have less crime involving handguns.

The fact that the “criminal” is not sure who is “carrying” or who may have a gun at home, will cause a criminal to think again before attacking or robbing.

In a minor number of instances, a good person can make a bad decision. So yes, a few legally owned handguns end up being used for a wrong purpose, but a total ban will only help the criminals

Russell Dowdy Ceva Drive Hollywood

We’re with Israel I have read that at least 500,000 Israelis are also United States citizens. If Israel were to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and Iran then militarily retaliated against Israel, the chances are that American citizens would be killed.

Add that to the fact that if there had been no Israel there would be no United States, since our nation is a product of Talmudic Law, the Protestant Reformation and the enlightenment.

Since America has such close bonds with Israel, I propose that the Senate and House pass resolutions stating that any attack by Iran upon Israel, even if Israel first attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, will be considered a direct attack upon the United States and a state of war will exist.

Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested that the United States and Israel destroy not only Iran’s nuclear capability but its military capability as well.

There will be no peace in the Middle East until Iran is decisively dealt with and a secular democracy is established there.

Gary H. Knight Old State Road

Holly Hill Disguised liberals Thank you, Post and Courier, for the excellent lead editorial in the April 7 edition “Much ado about Haley.”

As South Carolina is a conservative state, we have always had our share of liberals in sheeps’ clothing running and elected as Republicans.

While I was working for a living, we subscribed to the annual voting record for House and Senate members.

I was always shocked that Sen. Glenn McConnell’s pro-business voting record was consistently in the low 30 percent range while those I personally knew as conservative voted pro-business issues in the 80-95 percent range.

Today, we should not be surprised when we see some Republicans in our state working undercover with Democrats to derail conservative governors like Mark Sanford, and now Nikki Haley.

Maybe they have another agenda that is more liberal than what you voted for.

Butch Parker Brick Landing Court

Mount Pleasant