cheese of wads love

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  • Sure! Add it, if you want!

    October 15, 2008

  • It almost sounds like a madeupical collective noun, doesn't it?

    October 15, 2008

  • But when has that ever stopped us? ;-)

    March 11, 2008

  • Because people get pissy?

    March 11, 2008

  • Why don't we talk like this anymore?

    March 11, 2008

  • "...her chair installed at the leeward end of the taffrail and her feet resting on a cheese of wads placed there by William Honey..."

    and

    "'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.

    March 11, 2008