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  • Another phrase to try and use in general conversation.

    February 11, 2008

  • Used commonly in the Aubrey/Maturin novels to mean "figured it out," "got it" in the case of a joke or pun, or in instances of copping wise to a deception, "suspected."

    "'Really, Sophie, you would think that a fellow of Stephen's parts, a prodigious natural philosopher, could be brought to understand the nature of the tide. Here is the moon at her perigee, in syzygy, and near the equator, as I showed you last night, and you smoked it directly, did you not?'

    "'Oh, perfectly, my dear,' said Sophie, looking wild: at least she had a clear recollection of the pale crescent over Porchester Castle..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 24

    February 11, 2008