Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the Axminster

I was referring to Mr Collins’ masterwork to trace the etymology of the word booty – in the sense of the pillage rather than rape phase of piratical action.  If you’re interested, it comes from an old Norse word meaning exchange or barter.

Anyway, on my way to this epiphany another definition caught my eye.  This was for the carpet shark – an absolute terror in the shag pile – duh-duh, duh-duh – many have lost a toe to its rapacious appetite.  OK, I’ll come clean – it has nothing to do with your twisted Wilton, but apparently its markings are reminiscent of carpet (then again, that could be true of almost any of God’s creatures given the variety of carpet designs available today).  However, it did make think about other predatory fish that may be infesting our flooring.  I’m now worrying about the parquet piranha and the linoleum lion fish.  I think I need some slippers with steel toecaps…


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