Even though Sullivan's lyrics have helped Gilbert-and-Sullivan songs become classics, the English language has evolved over the generations. And Americans aren't necessarily up on British slang and sailing terms. So, as a warm-up for "Pinafore," here's a quiz on some of the verbiage from "Pinafore." Answers are in the information box on page 12.
1. Rum-soaked chewing tobacco
2. British sailor
3. Wooden ship that carries merchandise from port to a ship for sale
4. Sturdy work shoes extending above the ankle
5. A marksman located on a platform partway up a mast
6. A kind of flat fish
7. A girl's washable apron or bib worn over a dress to protect it, pinned in front
8. A warrant officer in charge of anchors, rigging, sails, etc.
9. A mixture of rum and water
10. A sailors' dance
Quiz answers: 1, G; 2, D; 3, I; 4, B; 5, J; 6, C; 7, E; 8, F; 9, A; 10, H.