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Winston Smith08 Jan 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

I just got some boats to supplement my collection of boats I never got around to selling when I sold my pirates for food money.

Naturally, or not, I had some scenarios in mind.
A raiding party in Boston or on Long Island is trying to load booty and loot. I decided to differentiate between regiments or companies that knew their way around ships or boats (Massachusetts or Long Island units) and those that could hunt deer or plow fields. The distinction would be important. Somehow.
I decided to call the lubbers "handless landsmen", because that is what Mr Bush would have called them in a Hornblower story.
But… try to say that three times. Or once. Landless handsmen? As soon as you say that, you can't get it out of your mind or off your tongue.

But I shall endeavor to persevere.

Do you have a simple phrase that ties your tongue in knots?

In reverse, I don't think I would want to take those maritime gentlemen along to take Fort Niagra. The fact that Braddock had sailors along is not an endorsement. grin

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

According to SWMBO, mine is, "I'm sorry.".

Soaring Soren08 Jan 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

Never try to say "toy boat" three times fast. You'll feel like an idiot if you do. At least I always did, until I quit trying to say it…

Winston Smith08 Jan 2019 1:51 p.m. PST

Booty and loot.
Booty and loot.
Looty and boot…

21eRegt08 Jan 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 4:12 p.m. PST

A flea and a fly flew through a flaw in the flue
They didn't know what to do
Let us flee said the fly
Let us fly said the flea
So they flew through the flaw in the flue

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 4:14 p.m. PST


von Schwartz08 Jan 2019 7:30 p.m. PST

I want a definition of that last one.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 8:25 p.m. PST

Not quite as scary as Headless Hessian.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 2:08 a.m. PST


From Kut Vonnegut's Tralfamodore aliens-A Space-Time Continuum Drive Effect.?

Personal logo 7th Va Cavalry Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 6:16 p.m. PST

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

von Schwartz09 Jan 2019 7:21 p.m. PST

Kurt Vonnegut, which book is that, I thought I had read them all?

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Jan 2019 5:26 a.m. PST

Thesaurus. Usually comes out seethorus after the second or third time.

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