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Don't spoil the ship for the sake of a ha'porth of tar

 

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Old October 31, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Don't spoil the ship for the sake of a ha'porth of tar

This one is quite complicated . I don't know that word "ha'porth" (it looks like shortened, but I can't find the original word)

No estropees el barco por el bien de ... de alquitrán

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ha'penny = half-penny.

When you waterproof a ship, you paint the whole of the underside with tar (alquitran). Obviously, if you do all of it but leave a tiny bit unpainted, the whole job is wasted because water will get in. The ship will sink because you tried to save tar worth a half-penny. The whole of your job is ruined because of one small error.

Similar to: If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing properly.
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ha'penny = half-penny.

When you waterproof a ship, you paint the whole of the underside with tar (alquitran). Obviously, if you do all of it but leave a tiny bit unpainted, the whole job is wasted because water will get in. The ship will sink because you tried to save tar worth a half-penny. The whole of your job is ruined because of one small error.

Similar to: If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing properly.
OK, thanks and now I understand the meaning. But I don't understand that "ha'porth" yet. So, it is half porth, but porth doesn't exist. Is porth=penny?
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OK, thanks and now I understand the meaning. But I don't understand that "ha'porth" yet. So, it is half porth, but porth doesn't exist. Is porth=penny?
Sorry -

ha'porth = half-penny-worth, = worth one half of a penny.

tengo que comer y bebir . Volveré.
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Sorry -

ha'porth = half-penny-worth, = worth one half of a penny.

tengo que comer y bebir . Volveré.
No comas ni bebas mucho

De half-penny-worth a ha'porth. No está mal. Lo que no sé es cómo lo iba a adivinar

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No comas ni bebas mucho

De half-penny-worth a ha'porth. No está mal. Lo que no sé es cómo lo iba a adivinar

Thanks, Perikles
Irma, por lo mismo que es difícil para uno que está aprendiendo castellano, leer algo en andalúz por ejemplo. O simplemente le jerga de los hampones.

Asi que mi consejo es que no desesperes con esas pequeñas diferencias y sigas con el inglés un poco más propio y mas actualizado, por decirlo así.
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Irma, por lo mismo que es difícil para uno que está aprendiendo castellano, leer algo en andalúz por ejemplo. O simplemente le jerga de los hampones.

Asi que mi consejo es que no desesperes con esas pequeñas diferencias y sigas con el inglés un poco más propio y mas actualizado, por decirlo así.
No, si yo no me quiero desesperar, pero mi libro está en ello
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No, si yo no me quiero desesperar, pero mi libro está en ello
Correcto. (Cambia el libro..).
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Correcto. (Cambia el libro..).
Vendo un profesor de inglés barato, con libro incluido
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Vendo un profesor de inglés barato, con libro incluido
¿Cuánto costaría el correo para enviarle?
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