sailing wax

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jacdac, May 29, 2017.

  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    “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?

    Thank you.
  2. Glasguensis

    Glasguensis Signal Modulation

    English - Scotland
    I believe it is a mistaken use of "sealing wax" (the character's mistake, probably, rather than King's).
  3. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    It's a misquotation, probably made deliberately by King*, of Lewis Carroll's 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'
    * That is, agreeing with Glasguensis.
  4. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Thank you. Awesome.

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