To reef a sail, roll it up on itself and bundle the material along a boom or mast. This reduces its effective area, which, apparently, proves useful in high winds. I learned of this word in the Friday NY Times Crossword Puzzle of December 1, 2023. Reefing reduces the area of a sail, usually by folding or …
The creeps. I saw it in the Sunday NY Times Crossword Puzzle of January 22. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the) “Definition of Fantod.” In Dictionary.Com, n.d. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/fantods.
“Trypophobia brings on feelings of disgust or fear when you see patterns with lots of holes. Sunflowers, honeycombs, sponges and seedy fruits can cause this response.”
“The scary sincerity of the unhinged whose delusions armor them against evidence.”
I am not sure why Hazel Scott was never on my radar, but today’s Candorville comic let me know about her. Scott was a virtuosa classical and jazz pianist (YouTube) who also fought for civil rights and against McCarthyism (Wikipedia).
“thou has dived the deepest…. Where unrecorded names and navies rust, and untold hopes and anchors rot; where in her murderous hold this frigate earth is ballasted with bones of millions of the drowned.”
“Clap the darbies on me.”
“With reference to yours of the 14th ultimo”
Definition of cruft.
“He probably wouldn’t have been an open casket job even if he’d reached his natural expiration date.”