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  • "'I wonder whether you saw your potto...'

    'I saw one, sure... but I was unable to bring him home.'

    'In that case I have one aboard the Cestos, if you would like her. But I am afraid she is only the Calabar kind, without a tail: an awantibo. A she-potto. I thought of you at once when I saw her in the market.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 235

    March 18, 2008

  • "I saw one, sure .."? This doesn't seem like 19th century speak to me. But that one awantibo on image search does have a fairly cute foxy face, to make up for its acaudal state.

    April 15, 2009

  • I think it's short for "to be sure."

    Kind of like the Shakespearean-era "Sure we thank you" (Henry V), which with a modern inflection would be "Sure, we thank you" (and still sound stupid).

    April 15, 2009

  • ...Awantibo, awantibo, awantibo, and awantib now...

    April 15, 2009

  • Wait, isn't that part of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" lyrics?

    April 15, 2009