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urfy commented on the word vang
I think this only applies to old time cargo carrying gaff-rigged sailing barges, but I suppose it could apply to yachts as well.
March 27, 2008
urfy commented on the word tabernacle
also: the support for the bottom of a mast on a yacht
urfy commented on the word arooooooo! (a wolf howling)
cf: 'I used to be a werewolf, but I'm all right naoooooooo!
urfy commented on the word interrobang
I thought the interrobang was in a Palatino Linotype font, but I can't find it. I think the easiest way is the'Wingdings 2' font, & hit the '}]' key. Works for me.
November 27, 2007
urfy commented on the word tireme
new one to me; are you sure it's not trireme?
urfy commented on the word fougasse
also an improvised sort of landmine, used for many centuries, also in WW1; whence the pen name of a British cartoonist who fought in that war.
urfy commented on the word cabal
to my surprise, I find that the word seems to be of Hebrew origin; I always thought it was from the Cabal Ministry of Charles II Of England, whose ministers' names or titles were Clifford, Arlington,Buckingham, Ashley & Lauderdale
urfy commented on the word quorn
also a village in Leicestershire, England; and the hunt (fox hunting association) of the same name - both antedating the tradename.
urfy commented on the word banter
'prang' was actual WWII RAF slang, along with a lot of other stuff - the Pythons were just taking the mickey out of it
October 29, 2007
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