"Toenailed": of nails

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 22 20:08:00 UTC 2011

from Storm Stories

Spoken by a fifty-ish, white female survivor of the Great Malibu
Canyon Mudslide:

"I saw that two nails had been _toenailed_ into the wood [of a 2x4.]"

Does anyone know what the verb _tailnail_ might mean, just off the top
of his head?

I can research it for myself, if I decide that I care enough. So,
don't nobody else be was'in' dey time.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once that we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

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