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 Trade Mark.Trade follows the Flag. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Trade Winds.
Winds that trade or tread in one uniform track. In the northern hemisphere they blow from the north-east, and in the southern hemisphere from the south-east, about thirty degrees each side of the equator. In some places they blow six months in one direction, and six in the opposite. It is a mistake to derive the word from trade (commerce), under the notion that they are “good for trade.” (Anglo-Saxon, tredde-wind, a treading wind—i.e. wind of a specific “beat” or tread; tredan, to tread.)   1

 Trade Mark.Trade follows the Flag. 


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