August 26th, 2016

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Thursday word: orlop

Sorry for late: was laid flat yesterday with a sinus infection. Antibiotics are your friend, however, so I can at least post about:

orlop (AWR-lop) - n., (Naut.) (of a wooden ship with four or more decks) the lowest deck, above the hold.

Which is usually the fourth deck down from the main deck -- any more decks, and the ship gets top-heavy. The orlop was usually where the cables were stored -- it wasn't a good place for crew quarters as it was below the water line, and definitely couldn't hold canon because same.

Orlop deck shown in red (thanks Wikimedia~!)

Origin? Well, like a lot of nautical terms, we're not really sure: it could be from the "overlooping" of the cables, or an alternate form of "overlap" as in the boards covering the hold below it, or from Dutch/Middle Low German overloop/overlōp, a running over/extend. Your guess is as good as mine, here.

Still he prowled about the after orlop deck, and talked at large of his anxiety for the contents of the bullion-room.

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indolent, adj. in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

1a : causing little or no pain
  b : slow to develop or heal <indolent tumors> <indolent ulcers>

2a : averse to activity, effort, or movement : habitually lazy
  b : conducive to or encouraging laziness <indolent heat>
  c : showing an inclination to laziness <an indolent sigh>

Examples of indolent in a sentence

  1. Perhaps Henry James's idea of the taste for art in England as a “tribute to propriety” holds perversely true, with the indolent taste for scandal and celebrity having taken hold as a bizarre new form of etiquette. —Sebastian Smee, Prospect, July 2003

  2. At home, however, there's something indolent about listening to a record that offers no hope for the unexpected. —John Milward, Rolling Stone, 11–25 July 1991

  3. Air-conditioning is for the weak and indolent. This isn't the Ritz, you know. Be thankful for a little breeze. It was luxuries like A/C that brought down the Roman Empire. —Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days, (1985) 1986

  4. She is indolent and irresponsible.

  5. <an indolent boy who had to be forced to help out with the chores>


Late Latin indolent-, indolens insensitive to pain, from Latin in- + dolent-, dolens, present participle of dolēre to feel pain

First Known Use: 1663