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  • Same here. :-)

    May 14, 2010

  • Before plastic wrap and tin foil (and God knows, before fancy plastic containers made just for left-overs) my Grandmother would whelve a bowl over a plate of left-overs to keep them fresh in the fridge. Sometimes, so do I.

    May 14, 2010

  • To cover with an inverted bowl (via "It's time for your haircut, kid. Prepare to get whelved." :o)

    May 13, 2010

  • I submit whelvety as a confusing portmanteau

    April 15, 2009

  • But for a bear, it might sound different. ;-)

    July 10, 2008

  • No it doesn't. Sounds like a punchdrunk boxer explaining how he had every tooth in his head knocked out in round 12.

    July 9, 2008

  • This gives good mouthfeel, esp. if you overpronounce the "wh." :)

    July 9, 2008

  • v., to turn something over and bury something beneath it; to bury something (To whelve over is to overwhelm.)

    July 9, 2008