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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Annotated Mo Do

When I was reading the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien I picked up the companion book, A Sea of Words, so I could easily discover what the hell was meant by ”fiferail,” “jack-crosstree,” and “spoom.”  Well, for those who are equally mystified by pundit Maureen Dowd’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques on the English language, Doghouse Riley has provided an invaluable and hilariousglossary.

5 Responses to “The Annotated Mo Do”

apropos of nothing, “Manos, the Hands of Fate” is now amusical
OK. I give up. What is a spoom? Some useful nautical implement with a spoon on one end and a broom on the other?
spoom: to run before the sea or wind; to scud. Also, a warlike ejaculation uttered in the heat of battle by the Tick.
Thank you. If NATO had been aware of that back in the 1950s, they might have chosen a different name, and we would now be talking about rogue states threatening their neighbours with Spoom missiles.
I spoomed just this weekend with some random vessel.

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