I've been reading and listening to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin books, and the naval terms are beginning to stick. I liked Bentinck shrouds, but futtock shrouds are even more fun to talk about.
The explanation at wikipedia is barely adequate, but at least put an image in my mind to go along with one of my favorite new phrases.
- Steve Shea
- A 40-ish publisher (editor, project manager, etc.), husband, and father of an even number of offspring, I grew up, or failed to, reading fantasy and sci-fi. I still enjoy reading, and now am trying to write. My favorite books include YA fantasy, manga, biography, and advice to authors. I'm also a former history major/grad student/high school teacher and assessment writer. Now I work for a school supplement publisher, specializing in high-low chapter books. I spend a lot of my time controlling reading levels. At night, I cut loose and use long words. W00t!