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#51063 - 01/14/02 06:49 PM one more little piggy
consuelo Offline
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I had this one rooting around in the back of my mind. No one brought it up so I looked it up in my trusty Merriam-Webster. Yup. I wasn't imagining it.

shoat n. [ME shote; akin to Flem schote shoat]
(15c): a young hog usu. less than one year old.


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#51064 - 01/14/02 08:11 PM Re: one more little piggy
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To compensate for my envy at your remembering a word I should have remembered, I must ask you what you have in the back of your mind on which a shoat would root? Incidentally, I have wondered how much help pigs must have been to the early settlers. I made a garden out of what had been a grove of small oaks, but could not plow it until I had penned the pigs in the area for a summer. They ripped out stumps that had defeated the plow, and exposed rocks so I could put chain on them.


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#51065 - 01/14/02 08:20 PM Re: one more little piggy
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Why, truffles, of course!


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#51066 - 01/14/02 09:49 PM Re: Hog terminology
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I still have a picture of the Dunedin on my wall, in full sail
Wow, that's really cool (double meaning intended). Thanks for sharing, you-all.

Now--can you remember the name of the first submarine? <eg>


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#51067 - 01/14/02 10:33 PM Re: Hog terminology
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Are you thinking of the CSS Hunley?


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#51068 - 01/15/02 05:59 AM Re: pigskin submarines
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"football" as the third definition under "pigskin". I don't know what regulations now call for.

Well, Cecil says they never *were made of pigskin. It was a pig bladder. They switched to rubber years ago. It's probably some synthetic any more.

the name of the first submarine Would that be the Turtle?

http://www.bowfin.org/ftp/subsci/ppt_html/turtle/sld002.htm

http://www.mayflowerfamilies.com/a_1776_submarine.htm

CSS Hunley, indeed!


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#51069 - 01/15/02 06:05 AM Re: Cecil
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#51070 - 01/15/02 07:22 AM Re: pigskin submarines
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Yes, I was thinking of the Hunley. I had not heard of the Turtle. Thank you, Faldage. One of these days, I'll have to check back and see whether I am mis-remembering what Clive Cussler said, or if he mis-stated the facts. Still can't believe that's his real name...


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#51071 - 01/15/02 10:08 AM Re: one more little piggy
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Hey, Faldage, now tell us why WWI German submarines were called pigboats.


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#51072 - 01/15/02 10:32 AM Re: pigboats
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German, Schmerman, Dr. Bill.

Onliest thang I could find was this:

http://www.battlebelow.com/glossary.htm#P
which says it's a WWII term for (particularly) S class boats. And gives a reason for the term.

This is post #99 in this thread. All further postings should go to a new thread.


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