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Thread #33289   Message #444466
Posted By: JedMarum
19-Apr-01 - 12:38 PM
Thread Name: Help: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island
Subject: RE: Help: Patrick O Briens Desolation Island
Les - that is very helpful info. I have to weigh the expression in light of how it was used/perceived by the men from Aubrey's days against its current use - and perhaps more importantly, how much info it gives with a single word. I am torn. It sounds like I should rewrite the first two verses and develop a new approach to convey the same info. But the fact that Aubrey would have strenuously objected to the term (as he railed against captaining a ship whose main mission was transportation) does not mean that modern listeners might get what I'm talking about, and never notice the insult.

I have to let the idea ferment a bit. Maybe it'll be easier to rework then I think.

Thaks for your insight!