“I do like to shock and surprise people. When it’s all in good fun, of course.”~Ruth Warrick
I got to thinking about the word for the Daily Prompt: Shiver. Funny enough, the first thing that came to mind was, “Shiver me timbers!” I must say, this made me giggle. But, I did some digging and found out where the saying originated from.
“Shiver Me Timbers– An exclamation, of surprise or otherwise. This phrase originated from when the water or a cannon would hit the ship, and the ship would shake. Hence, shivering, and timbers being the actual ship.”
Now, as comical as the pirates are so often depicted when saying [this] in movies, it was really no laughing matter during battle. If the ships were hit with a cannon ball and the wood splintered, it was often the cause of many wounds or even death. In some English dialects the word shiver actually means, “to splinter.” How ironic!
And, of course, being a huge literature fan I must needs mention “Shiver my timbers” was most famously popularized by the archetypal pirate Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson‘s Treasure Island (1883). Silver used the phrase seven times, as well as variations such as “shiver my sides”, “shiver my soul” and “shake up your timbers”. (Source-Wikipedia)
Today, [it] is just a great source of humor. Honestly, there are many other terms thrown around when we are surprised, oh you know the ones. However, maybe the next time you get shocked try saying, “Shiver me timbers!” and see what looks or reactions you get. Anyway, in the spirit of laughing, I leave you with my favorite interpretation of the saying, “Shiver Me Timbers!” in the following…