Monday, 10 October 2016

Unchartered waters

Before the era of aviation, explorers and traders travelled the world by sea. They were aided by charts -- in other words, maps. Hence, regions for which charts were not available were uncharted waters. Uncharted waters and uncharted territory are used metaphorically these days to refer to new, unprecedented situations.

However, many people mistakenly write unchartered instead. Unchartered means not having a charter or written constitution. Take a look at the examples below: