Charlie Chan Dictionary
We've been neglecting our Chan Dictionary entries of late so here we go for Dead Men Tell . . . .
AFT: At, in , toward, or close to the stern (rear) of a vessel.
(Charlie Chan: "Who occupies cabins aft?")
BELAYING PIN: A short, removable wood or metal pin fitted in a hole in the rail of a boat and used for securing rowing gear.
(Gene LaFarge: "I saw him trying to hit this young man with a belaying pin.")
FO'C'S'LE (forecastle): The upper deck of a ship in front of the foremast.
(Charles Thursby: "The music seems to come from the fo'c's'le.:)
LUBBER: (1) A clumsy person. (2) An inexperienced sailor; a "Landlubber."
NUMISMATICIAN (numatist): A specialist in or a collector of coins ad medals.
(Charlie Chan: [Referring to Jed Thomasson] " 'Numastician?'")
OCARINA: A small, simple wind instrument shaped like a sweet potato and usually made of terra cotta, with finger holes and a mouthpiece.
(Charlie Chan: "Have also heard music. Same comes from an ocarina, favorite instrument of ancient pirates.")
Real McCoy (informal usage): Authenticity.
(Bill Lydig: "Is it the real McCoy?")
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