silalmhain at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 20 17:01:50 PDT 2007
as I understand it, a "shiver" is similar to a
"splinter," and the "timbers" are of course the
timbers of the boat, so when the boat gets hit by a
cannonball the timbers are shivered, thus "shiver me
timbers," = you just hit me with news that has
stunned, shocked, or surprised me.
--- David Brown <lddevin03 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Well, after consulting several different websites.
> It seems the
> general concensus is that the phrase "shiver me
> timbers' means shock
> or surprise. According to the websites, there really
> is no hard
> evidence or real way to prove that it meant that,
> but based on legend
> and etymology...it could. Sounds good to me.
> Shive Me Timbers!
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