I don't quite understand this phrase

The Rib trailing off the back of the Naga

Does it mean "The Rib trailing behind the back of the Naga"?


Judging by the picture, I suspect that the "Rib" is name of the boat in the picture, and the "Naga" is the name of the boat that's towing it (and where the picture is being taken from).

In this context, the phrase means that the boat in question - the Rib - is attached to the thing it's "trailing off the back" of: namely, the Naga.

"behind the back of", by contrast, does not imply that the boat is attached.

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  • So, is it poorly written? – meatie Sep 19 '14 at 4:31
  • @meatie Worth noting that 'RIB' is an acronym for Rigid Inflatable Boat - which that appears to be - see here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rigid-hulled_inflatable_boat – Frank Sep 19 '14 at 7:48
  • @Frank Would "The Rib hanging off the back of the Naga" be better? – meatie Sep 19 '14 at 19:33
  • @meatie It doesn't look like it is attached (but my eyes aren't what they used to be) so 'The RIB following behind the Naga' would probably be more accurate, but trailing can mean following behind. There's no question that 'Rib' should be 'RIB' meaning Rigid Inflatable Boat. – Frank Sep 19 '14 at 19:39

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