Wednesday, January 7, 2015

furl/furrow: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, January 7, 2015

When you concentrate really hard so that furrows appear in your forehead, you furrow your brow—an expression that means “worry, puzzle over.” When you lower a sail and wrap it tightly around the mast to secure it you furl it. If you can furl your brow you belong in a sideshow.

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1 comment:

  1. W.S. Gilbert:

    A British tar is a soaring soul,
    As free as a mountain bird,
    His energetic fist should be ready to resist
    A dictatorial word.

    His nose should pant
    and his lip should curl,
    His cheeks should flame
    and his brow should furl,
    His bosom should heave
    and his heart should glow,
    And his fist be ever ready
    for a knock-down blow.
    His eyes should flash with an inborn fire,
    His brow with scorn be wrung;
    He never should bow down
    to a domineering frown,
    Or the tang of a tyrant tongue.

    His foot should stamp, and his throat should growl,
    His hair should twirl, and his face should scowl;
    His eyes should flash, and his breast protrude,
    And this should be his customary attitude.