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.
“The scary sincerity of the unhinged whose delusions armor them against evidence.”
“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.”
skeg: A tapering or projecting stern section of a vessel’s keel, which protects the propeller and supports the rudder. Skeg | Definition of Skeg by Lexico https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/skeg