Shiver me timbers

What does "Shiver me timbers" mean?

Today it means: Its just a saying or sailors cuss

A term used by sailors when a ship would be hit by waves so fiercely that the masts (timbers) would shake violently causing fear and dread to all on-board. Shiver also means to break into pieces or to splinter.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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