thumb the nose

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton2 at BTINTERNET.COM
Sun May 16 08:51:40 UTC 2010

> I first thought "longship" was a mergeword ~merjwerd for "long lasting
> relationship", but it's a boat.
> Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+

Well, some sailors might quarrel with the term boat (for ship) ...

You obviously had a restricted upbringing, Tom, and missed out on the
translated English title of Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's novel.

This goes back to the Jomsvikings, and includes (death on a log) whether the
proof of an afterlife turned on a brooch or a fishbone.

And if you want *that explained, it really is Amy West's territory and not

    (obscurely and obliquely)


(keening, not kenning)

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