I wrote this piece way back in 2011. Has remained a favorite of mine. My blog was new…I was excited while Tom Waits crooned in my ear.
I’m quite fond of the expression shiver me timbers thanks to my dad who used it all the time. I’ve always assumed it meant he was cold, but after careful research I now know what it really means.
I have a well read pal named Ed who knows every bit of literary trivia there is so he’s who I consult on this type of, does anyone really care, topic. He cheerfully told me it’s nautical cant, or pirate patois stemming from the wooden support frames of a ship. In a storm if one gets thrashed and pounded against the water lifted by waves the ship is shivering its timbers, later adopted as slang for fear (much…
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