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English term or phrase:a woodman's bent
English translation:a woodman's character/nature
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14:02 Feb 19, 2007
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Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: a woodman's bent
The author has bought a squirrel from an organic farm but cannot get himself to it it. The story ends like this:

They'd forgotten to joint it and it looked... yes, just like a naked, dead, defurred squirrel. I tried talking tough to it, but this didn't make it any the more immediately cookable. Eventually I gave it away to a poor student with a ***woodman's bent***. And I have never been back to order another one.

My problem is the bit between **. I understand what the words mean but I suspect it does not mean literally that he enjoys woodcarving, but rather that he is someone who might be inclined to eat a forest beast such as a squirrel.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,
Maria
Maria Rosich Andreu
Spain
Local time: 14:14
a woodman's character/nature
Explanation:
or, "who was more of a woodman"

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Note added at 4 mins (2007-02-19 14:07:26 GMT)
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Not to be confused with a bent woodman.

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Note added at 11 mins (2007-02-19 14:14:13 GMT)
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As you say, a woodman is someone who lives in the woods and so probably eats all manner firest delights (somebody recently told me that hornet larvae are delicious).

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Note added at 12 mins (2007-02-19 14:14:49 GMT)
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Sorry , "all manner of forest delights"
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Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 14:14
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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +5
a woodman's character/nature


Explanation:
or, "who was more of a woodman"

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Note added at 4 mins (2007-02-19 14:07:26 GMT)
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Not to be confused with a bent woodman.

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Note added at 11 mins (2007-02-19 14:14:13 GMT)
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As you say, a woodman is someone who lives in the woods and so probably eats all manner firest delights (somebody recently told me that hornet larvae are delicious).

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Note added at 12 mins (2007-02-19 14:14:49 GMT)
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Sorry , "all manner of forest delights"

Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 14:14
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 88
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  BrigitteHilgner: Years ago you could buy funny stickers in London: "Preserve wildlife - pickle a squirrel". This text reminds me of days gone by ...
19 mins
  -> tasteless?

agree  Kim Metzger: Bent = inclination, interest. Someone who's accustomed to living/working in the woods. A hunter, for example./ tee hee
30 mins
  -> I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK....

agree  Erich Ekoputra
13 hrs

agree  Deborah Workman: Yes, bent/inclination. Funny Monty Python reminder from Kim ....
14 hrs

agree  Veronica Coquard: Not to be confused with a bent woodman! Love it! hahahaha
1 day51 mins
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