Posted by SR on November 11, 2003
In Reply to: Avast, matey! posted by Bruce Kahl on November 11, 2003
: : Why are pirates always running around saying "Avast, mateys!" Just what does it mean to "avast"? What if I'm approached by a pirate to "avast"? What if I decide to humor him? How do I go about avasting?
: Main Entry: avast
: Pronunciation: &-'vast
: Function: verb imperative
: Etymology: perhaps from Dutch "houd vast"--hold fast
: Date: 1681
: -- a nautical command to stop or cease
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