Archive for August, 2010

What was referred to as a Solo Player?

A Solo Player is a miserable performer on any instrument, who always plays alone, because no one will stay in the room to hear him.

Tonight’s Baked Steak

Note Ingredients are to taste  (no measuring allowed!) Hardware: Baking dish Oven thermometer Microwaveable bowl. ( I used a cereal bowl)  Software Steak for three people 1 large head of Garlic 2 Tablespoons prepared mustard. Small can mushrooms (drained) 1/4 cup Russian dressing 1/4 Soy Sauce 1/3 cup (three scoops) lemonade mix 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce [...]

What Does it Mean to Pay Your Debts by the Top Sail?

He paid his debts at Portsmouth with the topsail, i.e. he went to sea and left them unpaid. Some soldiers are said to pay off their scores with the drum; that is, by marching away.

Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce

  (Invented by Bruce Jacobs) Note: This recipe must be done in the order shown.   Read it carefully first. If you skip steps you will get yuck results.   Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup Nonfat Dry Milk 5 level tbsp. Cocoa 2/3 cup Water 6 level Tbsp. Nutrasweet Measure Nonfat Dry Milk and Cocoa into a small [...]

What were known as Babes in the woods?

Babes in the woods were criminals in the stocks, or pillory. Note: see and for more information

What is a Lazy Bones?

A Lazy Bones is an instrument like a pair of tongs, for old or very fat people to take any thing from the ground without stooping.

What is a Glazier?

A glazier in 1811 slang is one who breaks windows and shew-glasses, to steal goods exposed for sale. Glaziers; eyes. CANT.– Note:  shew-glasses probably refers to glass display cases in shops. Also: Is your father a glazier; a question asked of a lad or young man, who stands between the speaker and the candle, or  fire. If it [...]

What does it mean if you say someone is a Fly-By-Night?

You old fly-by-night is an ancient term of reproach to an old woman, signifying that she was a witch, and alluding to the nocturnal excursions attributed to witches, who were supposed to fly abroad to their meetings, mounted on brooms.

What is a Glim?

A glim is a candle, or dark lantern, used in housebreaking.  Also fire.

What is a Word Pecker?

A Word Pecker is a punster, one who plays upon words. Editors note:  No I did not make this up!