foretopgallantmast love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mast next above the foretopmast.


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  • Here's another usage: "Jack looked up at the rising foretopgallantmast with a smile: there was order in that apparent chaos of men, spars and ropes, and Tom Pullings had the whole operation well in hand."

    --The Ionian Mission, 50

    Kind of reminds me of the word itself--there is order in that apparent redundant compoundiness.

    February 11, 2008

  • Compoundiness? What a fantastic madeupical word!

    February 8, 2008

  • Wow. That word could do with a few well-placed apostrophes, as in fo'c's'le. Of course, that would destroy the compoundiness, replacing it with apostrophism.

    February 8, 2008

  • I just love words like this. They seem so German in their prodigious length and compoundiness.

    Usage: "As it was his sails were much tattered, a fire had started in the starboard head, one cutter had been destroyed and the foretopgallantmast wounded before he ran out of range." --Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, 256

    February 8, 2008