why do they call it a cockpit

LOL. I found this. The original sense of this term was a pit for fighting cocks. This sense appears around 1587. In 1599, Shakespeare used the term in Henry V to refer to the theater and specifically the area around the stage. The theatrical reference was his invention, obviously playing on the idea of a cockfight being a performance. The nautical sense arose about 1700. It was not an open area, but rather a compartment below decks.

Normally, it would be the sleeping quarters for junior officers, but in battle would be the hospital. This sense appears unrelated to the theatrical sense, and may have been chosen because junior officers lorded over the sailors like roosters or because of a physical resemblance to the space where chickens were kept. The nautical sense transferred to airplanes around 1914 and to cars in the mid-1930s.
Hi Captain Lim, Why a cockpit is called a cockpit in the airplane?

Susan. Hi Susan, I have answered this question in my book, Life in the Skies. I reproduce it below for those who have not read my book yet: БEver since I can remember, the area in front where the pilot sits to control the plane has always been referred to as the БcockpitБ.

The term comes from the rather barbaric sport of cockfighting and refers to the pit in which the fights took place. Cockpits were thus the actual pits dug into the ground to house duels to the death between game cocks. Obviously, the flight deck of planes Б which has neither game cocks nor pits Б has nothing to do with this. The term was instead adopted from the 18th century British naval lingo, where БcockpitБ referred to a cramped, confined compartment below deck.

It was placed below the waterline and served as quarters for junior officers, as well as for treating the wounded during battle. Just like how the knots were used to measure sailing speed and port or starboard to indicate the left or right side of a ship, БcockpitБ was also applied to aircraft around 1914 by pilots during World War I. In keeping with this same meaning, by about 1935 the tightly confined area of a race carБs control space was also known as a cockpit.

In the modern sense, БcockpitБ now includes the entire crew areas of large airliners, which are fairly spacious and not at all the venue for cockfights. Б Hope that answers your query.