1. The WordReference Forums have moved to new forum software. (Details)
  1. ClimbEveryMountain

    ClimbEveryMountain Senior Member

    Murray, KY
    Español
    Hello there

    Is there any difference between these two words? or can they be used in the same way?

    Thanks.
     
  2. raerae Junior Member

    English- US
    I personally couldn't say what the difference is. One thing that is pretty juvenile is that seamen sounds exactly like semen, so I'd avoid it. Sailor is much, much more commonly used in spoken language.

    Merriam webster had this to say --
    seamen:
    1 : sailor, mariner
    2 a : any of the three ranks below petty officer in the navy or coast guard[​IMG] b : an enlisted man in the navy or coast guard ranking above a seaman apprentice and below a petty officer[​IMG]
    sailor:
    1 a : one that sails; especially : mariner b (1) : a member of a ship's crew (2) : seaman
     
  3. k-in-sc

    k-in-sc Senior Member

Share This Page