"Toenailed": of nails

Norm Jensen normjensen at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 22 23:56:54 UTC 2011

To toenail nails is to drive them at an angle from the side of a piece
of wood so they protrude out the end and into another piece of wood,
thus attaching the two together, typically perpendicular to each other.

_Tailnail_ is beyond my comprehension.


On 1/22/2011 12:08 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> 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.
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