Friday, August 8, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Ahoy Matey

by Mollie

Ahoy there!

Does anyone remember that Science Museum of Minnesota commercial where the parrot is singing a tune in pirate-ese? "Oh, Cape Cod girls ain't got no combs..." It was for the Real Pirates exhibit about 2 years ago. Well, if you haven't seen it, you should check it out. I think it is so funny. Can't explain it, but it tickles my funny bone.
In it, the term avast is used. First documented in 1681, the word avast (meaning to stop what you are doing right away) quite possibly originated from the sailing term houd vast which meant "to hold fast". (Ever had the necessity to hold onto a line or the edge of the boat quickly to keep from being tossed in the water?)
So, "Avast!". Check out today's Fun Friday Finds!
Ahoy Matey
{Click on the image above to be taken to the treasury.}

Now that the high water restrictions have been removed from many area lakes, folks can once again zoom around at high speeds. Keeping the word avast in your vernacular may be a good idea these days to keep everyone afloat. However, I think using it in every day conversations is a hoot and I encourage you to do the same, no matter if you are on the water or not.