"Waiting for the Barbarians" should be on everyone’s reading list (if it hasn’t already been read)!
Anonymous said: I only speak English, but one of my characters was born and raised in Germany. What is the best way for me to write their accent when they're speaking English? How should I write their German dialogue?
Long before molten iron would be poured, Oscar spent hours wetting, bending, and forming wooden strakes to the mold’s future shape.
strake (plural strakes)
- (obsolete) An iron fitting of a medieval cart wheel.
- (aviation) A type of aerodynamic surface mounted on an aircraft fuselage to fine-tune the airflow.
- (nautical, archaic) A continuous line of plates or planks running from bow to stern that contributes to a vessel’s skin. (FM 55-501).
- (engineering) A shaped piece of wood used to level a bed or contour the shape of a mould, as for a bell
- A trough for washing broken ore, gravel, or sand; a launder.
- (obsolete) A streak.
- (nautical): The planks or plates next to the keel are called the garboard strakes; the next, or the heavy strakes at the bilge, are the bilge strakes; the next, from the water line to the lower port sill, the wales; and the upper parts of the sides, the sheer strakes.
strake (third-person singular simple present strakes, present participle straking, simple past and past participle straked)
- (obsolete) To stretch [akin to Old English: streccan].
- (obsolete) simple past tense of strike