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Shiver me timbers!

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March 23rd, 2010

Unlike most of the phrases covered throughout Where d it come from, Shiver me timbers isn t a saying used in ordinary conversation all that often. Still, Long John Silver has uttered the exclamation through snarled teeth enough times to warrant a brief mention. A shiver, in 18th-century parlance, is actually a splinter, and the timbers to which Silver so forcefully refers, the wood from which his ship is built. To shiver Long John's timbers is to put a hole through his boat with cannon shot, thus bringing a speedy conclusion to what might otherwise have been a good day for our peg-legged friend.

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