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clew

Postby eberntson » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:12 pm

1: a ball of thread, yarn, or cord

Origin: Middle English clewe, from Old English cliewen; akin to Old High German kliuwa ball, Sanskrit glauḥ lump
First Known Use: before 12th century

SRC: Merriam-Webster

There are other sailing definitions, but on a website that lists the names of animal groups (e.g. a pride of lions, a murder of crows, etc), what I found interesting is a "clew of worms". If you have ever raised worms or messed with a bunch this word seems just right. It's certainly what happens after you open the proverbial can of worms.
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Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more,
and all good things will be yours.
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Re: clew

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:48 pm

Thank you sir. I had no clue.
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