Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday WOLF

I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications. I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.

Last week I was racing around securing anything that could blow away outside and referred to it mentally as battening down the hatches. Because I'm a major dork, I immediately wanted to know where that came from, even though there was a chance I would freeze to death before learning the answer if I stood outside too long wondering.

I knew it was from sailing (and man do we get a LOT of stuff from them) but I didn't know specifically how it applied. A hatch I've got covered because I watched Swiss Family Robinson a lot as a kid. For those of you who aren't so blessed, a hatch is basically those little wood gratings that flip up, leading down into the underbelly of the ship where the men sleep. It's grated instead of having a solid cover because... well, because men smell bad.

The battening part comes in when a storm is expected. Everyone goes below deck and the grated hatches are covered with a tarp to prevent the water from coming in, and the edges of the tarp were weighted down with wooden strips called battens

After learning all that, my next question is... if everyone is below deck, who does the battening???


CarmellasJewelry said...

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Bethany Crandell said...

I love Swiss Family Robinson!!
Did you know Disneyland converted that awesome tree house into Tarzan's tree house. HARUMPH!

Mindy McGinnis said...

Carmella - join some great writing communities like AgentQuery Connect. Find critique partners you gel with. Seriously those two things were a springboard for me after 10 years of query hell. And don't be discouraged by 5 query rejections. The ms I was querying before DRINK received over 130 form rejections.


Debra McKellan said...

I guess they pull straws for it. lol

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