I didn't know this sort of thing happened. Perhaps why one sometimes sees certain birds in places one never expects to see them.abmigration(See quots.) Hence abmigrate v. intr.1923 A. L. THOMSON in Brit. Birds XVI. 276 Some such term as ‘abmigration’ might perhaps be used to describe the northward departure in spring, for a new … Continue reading For the birds.
I've been re-reading a lot of the Aubrey-Maturin series lately, and this does sound like what it is. (And I apologise that it's a little late.)able-whackets‘A popular sea-game with cards, wherein the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors.’ Smyth … Continue reading Coolest name for a card game. Ever.