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Another observation, the verb that goes with an oar is row while paddle goes with paddle and not row. Is my understanding correct?
Someone who does skulling will have to comment on that sport. I only know about canoes and kayaks.
Anonymous:The technical difference between and oar and a paddle is that an oar requires a fulcrum attached to the boat whereas a paddle uses one of the paddler's two hands as the fulcrum. Oar and paddle are not not synonomous us in spite of what crossword composers think.
Anonymous:This is incorrect. Oars do not necessarily come in pairs (see sweep versus sculling). In sweep, oars are used with two arms too. The main difference is that the oar is connected to the boat (via oarlock) and paddle is not. This drives the difference in the technique that propels the motion.
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