Monday, January 01, 1990

footnote 2

2. The verb "viking" is used to describe a temporary lifestyle. While most Norsemen lived in villages throughout their entire lives, some young and adventurous farmers would go "viking" (raiding) for months, others for years, to earn a living from piracy. Therefore, all Vikings were Norse, but not all Norsemen were Vikings.

In this particular case, Bob and Frank are leaving St. Augustine, FL, and sailing South, rounding the tip, cruising along the Keys, then finally heading out onto the deep blue by turning the corner at Key West and pointing Northwest toward New Orleans.

footnote 1

1. In the Fall of 2000, the fell and drear Captains Franko and Blacktoes cruised through the Virgin Islands for a period of ten days. Most inhabitants of those realms still refuse to speak of that stygian period. Those who do speak of it, whisper in hushed and shaky tones, with constant, fearful glances over their shoulders, wishing fervently that they could bathe in the River Lethe.

footnote 0

0. There are very few words from Old English (which is kind of an artificial concept anyway, more of a conflation of various dialects) which have made the transition throught time and language permutations to the present. Gar, like in Gardena (spear-Danes) in the opening line of Beowulf, which is the title of this post, survives in words like garfish (spear-nosed fish) and garlic (spear-shaped-leaf leek). Fuck is (probably) another of the rare survivors. Therefore, I feel almost a religious need to support my linguistic heritage by using fuck as often as possible.