Don Juan: CANTO THE THIRTEENTH
- To Norman Abbey whirl'd the noble pair, --
- An old, old monastery once, and now
- Still older mansion; of a rich and rare
- Mix'd Gothic, such as artists all allow
- Few specimens yet left us can compare
- Withal: it lies perhaps a little low,
- Because the monks preferr'd a hill behind,
- To shelter their devotion from the wind.
- It stood embosom'd in a happy valley,
- Crown'd by high woodlands, where the Druid oak
- Stood like Caractacus in act to rally
- His host, with broad arms 'gainst the thunderstroke;
- And from beneath his boughs were seen to sally
- The dappled foresters -- as day awoke,
- The branching stag swept down with all his herd,
- To quaff a brook which murmur'd like a bird.
Ving, Vang, Vong. Or, the Pleasures of a New Vocabulary.
By VERLYN KLINKENBORG
Published: April 9, 2008Lately I've been thinking about the word "vang." It is a sailing term, and if you look it up in the glossary of Royce's "Sailing Illustrated," you find that it refers to a line to prevent "the peak of a gaff from falling off leeward." That is how it goes when you're learning a new technical vocabulary. The language seems self-enclosed at first, each new definition an opaque cluster of words that themselves need defining. I was taught, during vocabulary in grade school, to try using a new word in a sentence. "There is a vang." "Can someone show me the vang?" Those are my best efforts so far.
Poland Fails to Cash in on East-West Transport Routes
The recent customs strikes that caused day-long delays on Poland's eastern borders highlighted a broader problem -- that crossing Poland by road is a struggle even at the best of times because of a lack of motorways.
The DW-WORLD Article
cash in on sth phrasal verb
to get money or another advantage from an event or situation, often in an unfair way:
Her family have been accused of cashing in on her death.
A rope running from the peak of a gaff to a ship's rail or mast, used to steady the gaff.
[Dutch, a catch, from vangen, to catch.]
[OE. gaffe, F. gaffe an iron hook with which seamen pull great fishes into their ships; cf. Ir. gaf, gafa hook; perh. akin to G. gabel fork, Skr. gabhasti. Cf.
1. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish.
2. (Naut.) The spar upon which the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail is extended.
3. Same as
[imp. & p. p. Gaffed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Gaffing.]
To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon.
━━ n., vt. やす（で刺す）; 魚かぎ（で引揚げる）; 【海事】斜桁(しゃこう), ガフ; 〔米俗〕 ひどい仕打.
stand the gaff 〔米俗〕 （苦しいのを）じっと耐える.
-blow the gaff UK OLD-FASHIONED
to make known a secret:
He's a good bloke - he wouldn't blow the gaff on us.