Studying about improved high lift safety valves I come across a new word which I like very much:
Dirling (as in dirling action, a description of how the valve should operate). Also spelled ‘dyrlyng’. An old Scottish word for a thrilling sensation or vibrating motion. Used to describe the feeling of being in love.
Any more technical terms with interesting origins?
Found while thumbing through a book before I say goodbye to it:
Galley Wireless: Gossip
Glory Hole: The steward’s cabin on a liner or the fireman’s on a coal fired steamer.
what, actually?? Sometimes I feel so naive.
Tab Nab: cake or bun served with afternoon tea.
Tanker: a vessel designed to carry liquid cargoes in bulk. There are oil tankers, spirit tankers, molasses tankers, wine tankers, milk tankers, and water tankers.
Milk tankers… its a fine line between a milk tanker and a cheese tanker I reckon. eew. Where do I sign up for the wine tankers?