The term gulf comes from vulgar latin colphus, which, in turn, derives from a Greek word. It is a part of the ocean that enters the land surface located in the middle of two capes. The concept also makes it possible to refer to a wide maritime extension that is very distant from the earth and in which island territories do not appear.
In other words, the gulf is a large portion of the ocean that is enclosed by points of land (the capes). The notion of gulf is linked to that of bay (an inlet from the sea that is fenced off by land with the exception that there is an opening). While the large bays are considered gulfs, the narrower bays, on the other hand, are called fjords.
On the other hand, gulfs that depend on other gulfs or bays can be known as inlets, coves or coves, among other names.
The gulfs present the perfect natural characteristics for the installation of dykes or from port infrastructure, since they provide protection against the waves.
The Persian Gulf It is one of the best known in the world. Its extension includes the coasts of Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, among others countries. This region gave name to the Gulf war, raised after the invasion of Iraq to Kuwait on 1990.
In the same way, we cannot overlook the famous Gulf of Mexico that lies between the United States, Mexico and Cuba. Among the best known events for which it has been the focus of all eyes is the oil spill that occurred in it in 2010 by the BP oil platform called Deepwater Horizon.
Specifically, it is considered that said spill, the result of the explosion of the aforementioned platform, has so far gone down in history as the largest accidental type that has taken place, based on the amount of fuel that devastated the waters. Thus, it was said that more than five million barrels of oil were spilled.
In another sense, especially in Spain, gulf is an adjective that allows to qualify the person lazy and impudent, lacking in morals. Golfa, on the other hand, is a derogatory way of referring to a prostitute.
Scoundrel, womanizer and lazy are other qualifiers that are associated with the definition that a man is a gulf. Thus, for example, we could say: “Pedro is a gulf who not only tricks women into having relationships with her, but also lives off them because he does not like to work.”
In this sense, we can state that in the cinematographic field there is a film that perfectly reflects what we are referring to. It is called “Golfus de Roma” and was directed in 1966 by Richard Lester.