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chained_bear commented on the word woolded bumpkin
"...the children, who would not be left, tangled themselves in the woolded bumpkin; so all three wedged themselves fairly comfortably along what forward rail the galley possessed..."
--P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 225
March 25, 2008
alt. "woolded boomkin":
"'She must have three square-rigged masts, sir,' they told him kindly, 'and a bowsprit; and the mast musts be in three—lower, top and topgallant—for we never call a polacre a ship.'
'Don't you, though?' said Stephen.
'Oh no, sir,' they cried earnestly, 'nor a cat. Nor a xebec; for although you may think xebecs have a bowsprit, it is really only a sort of woolded boomkin.'"
--Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander, 104
March 29, 2008
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