"Toenailed": of nails

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jan 22 23:57:51 UTC 2011

Wilson, did your correspondent say "toenailed",
as your message quoted her, or
"tailnailed"?  'Cause I know what "toenail" (v.)
means.  If I care enough, I'll tell you.


At 1/22/2011 03:08 PM, Wilson Gray 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.
>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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