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chained_bear commented on the word cheese of wads
Sure! Add it, if you want!
October 15, 2008
reesetee commented on the word cheese of wads
It almost sounds like a madeupical collective noun, doesn't it?
But when has that ever stopped us? ;-)
March 11, 2008
Because people get pissy?
Why don't we talk like this anymore?
"...her chair installed at the leeward end of the taffrail and her feet resting on a cheese of wads placed there by William Honey..."
"'Why is it called a wad of cheese?' she asked.
"'A cheese of wads, I believe, ma'am,' said Jack. 'Cheese because it is a cylinder like a tall thin Stilton, and wads because that is what the cloth is filled with.'"
—Patrick O'Brian, The Truelove, 213 and 214
The aforesaid wads are those used in the cannons to hold the powder and shot inside.
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