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Thread #151478   Message #3535640
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
09-Jul-13 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
The assumption that ordinary sailors wouldn't be likely to sing something "too flowery" is a bit suspect. Plenty of songs of previous generations have been extremely" flowery and it didn't stop them being well liked. Sailors have often liked the ornate - think of skrimshaw.