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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Oakum

Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Caulking boatsImage via Wikipedia
Oakum: noun – loose fibre obtained by untwisting old rope and used in caulking ships' seams –originally the picking of this was a job for convicts.

‘Martha sneezed as she plucked the oakum from the pile of old rope, her fingers sore from constant plucking at the rough fibres.’

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