from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a man employed in carrying coal, and esp. in putting it in, and discharging it from, ships.


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  • "He gazed past the altar up to Michaelangelo's renowned fresco, 'The Last Judgement'. The painting did nothing to soothe his anxiety. It was a horrifying, fifty-foot-tall depiction of Jesus Christ separating mankind into the righteous and sinners, casting the sinners into hell. There was flayed flesh, burning bodies, and even one of Michaelangelo's rivals sitting in hell wearing ass's ears. Guy de Maupassant had once written that the painting looked like something painted for a carnival wrestling booth by an ignorant coal heaver."

    - 'Angels And Demons', Dan Brown.

    February 26, 2008