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Op slot buit eruit.

Dutch defies all rules of transcription. And I discovered today that if most sailing words sound so strange in French (i.e. cambuse, affaler, éperlan or bâbord), it’s because they’re mostly from Dutch extraction. And also is braquemart, which is either a short, strong sword or a penis, depending on the context.

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To help putting things in perspective, this is my flat’s other piece of art. Somebody threw it away. It’s just so fugly and depressing it kind of perk me up.

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Leave me alone, I have done nothing wrong! Illustration by Pierre Joubert for Paul Vialar’s Le Voilier des îles (1954)