thumb the nose

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 17 01:51:17 UTC 2010

As I understand it, outside the language of the US Navy, all ships are
boats, but not all boats are ships.


On 5/16/2010 4:51 AM, Robin Hamilton wrote:
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>> 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) ...

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