On Monday, K103 listener Korey Calmettes from Banks managed to stump Bruce with this question:
Question: Where did the name cockpit come from?
Answer: The term cockpit started from the literal sense. In the 16th century, cockfights were being staged. A pit was dug in the ground where the cockfighting took place. This pit was the cockpit. In the early 1700's, the cockpit was an arena of battle (especially if it was enclosed) or an area of intense and important activity. It was this “place where the important things are done” sense that the term is derived for use in ships, airplanes, and automobiles.
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