Re: nautical language rant
Just starting to re-read O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series. If you want to be completely baffled by nautical terminology, vol. 1, Master and Commander, is a good place to start. The amount of terminology about the rigging on a 1800s, square rigged man o war is incredible. In this day and age, I don't think we can appreciate the importance of these kinds of sailing ships in their day. It gives you a lot of respect for the guys that manned these ships.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.