Just for interest, here's what the German dictionary says...
A "karabiner" was originally the German word for a snap-hook, as used
for attaching a sling to a carbine.
British climbers usually call them "krabs" - well, they nip your
fingers, don't they?
Regarding Steve's comment about a British person failing to understand
"Tie the rope off!", that term is used exactly the same over here too.
It wasn't American English that she didn't understand - it was ropework.
73 from Ian G3SEK Editor, 'The VHF/UHF DX Book'
'In Practice' columnist for RadCom (RSGB)
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