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Sandra
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Tattle Tail thursday Reply with quote

:D hahaha! Tattle Tail is a nautical term meaning a light cord attached to a mooring line at two points a few inches apart with a slack section in between (resembling an inch-worm) to indicate when the line is stretching from the ship's rising with the tide. Obviously only used when moored to a fixed dock or pier and only on watches with a flood tide.

You learn something new every day!!

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Paul
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandra, this is a reply to your CAT story. Thought you would like this one. Letting the Cat out of the bag: This term comes from the old naval punishment of being whipped with a "cat o' nine tails." The whip was kept in a leather bag and when the sailors "let the Cat out of the bag" they had usually done something that would result in punishment. The term is used today to mean that someone has said something that was not to be said or revealed a secret
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Sandra
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good one Paul. It's amazing how many nautical terms we use in our every day conversations.
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