sailing wax

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
#1
“We got to talk about ships and seals and sailing wax, and whether bees have stings. Also about the papers you’re supposed to have for me, and the car, and the keys to the car. Now all I see in your gay-radge is a Chevy pickup, and I know that’s yours, Kitty-Kitty, so how ’bout it?”
Source: The Stand by Stephen King
Context: Fry storms into Christopher's bedroom who is in bed with the superflu.


What does sailing wax mean?

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  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    #3
    It's a misquotation, probably made deliberately by King*, of Lewis Carroll's 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'
    "The time has come," the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
    Of cabbages--and kings--"
    * That is, agreeing with Glasguensis.
     
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