Saturday, 21 February 2015

Sailors Superstitions

Bringers of Bad Fortune -

  • Beginning a voyage on Friday or on the 13th of the month.
  • Losing a bucket at sea brings ill fortune.
  • Sailing on a green boat.
  • Killing an albatross or a dolphin.

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If you encounter a red-haired person en-route to your boat, speak to them before they speak to you or prepare for a disastrous voyage.

Shaving, cutting hair, trimming nails is bad luck.

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Never step onto or off a boat with your left foot first.

Tattoos and piercing are said to ward off evil spirits, hence sailors’ love for ink.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Yorkshireman's motto

Ear all, see all, say nowt,
Eat all, sup all, pay nowt,
And if tha ivver does owt fer nowt –
do it fer thissen

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Therein lies the rub

Q: What's a rub?


A1. I was always given to believe that a "rub" was a feature of a bowling green such as a ridge or hump that serves as an obstacle to make the game more difficult, now regularised in crown green bowls. Hence its use to mean an obstacle more generally.

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A2. Shakespeare , Hamlet

Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub:

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause: there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life

The phrase uses "rub" in its less common definition as "obstacle" or "snag" rather than the more common usage of applying pressure to a surface