An excerpt from Webster's

torpedo n : 1 : an engine or machine for destroying ships by blowing them up 2 : a dirigable self-propelling cigar-shaped submarine projectile filled with an explosive charge

torpedo boat n : a boat designed for firing torpedoes; specif. : a small very fast thinly plated boat with one or more torpedo tubes

torpedo-boat destroyer n : a large, swift, and powerfully armed torpedo boat orig. intended principally for the destruction of torpedo boats but later used as a formidable torpedo boat

For a fun party trick, read this excerpt in a deadpan German accent (this works best after several glasses of wine, and the later in the evening, the better), then tape the audience response and send it to me.

(Dictionaries are fun.)

1 comment:

Lord FluffyBunny said...

Torpedos are also:

n 1: a professional killer who uses a gun [syn: gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, gun, gun for hire, triggerman, hit man, hitman, shooter]
2: a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); [syn: bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, wedge, zep] . . .
7: any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges [syn: electric ray, crampfish, numbfish]

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