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English translation: Nothing unusual

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10:55 Feb 18, 2008
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: captain in the corner
This is the context, from a poem:
".. the old man,
Old Captain-in-the-Corner, drank his rum
With friendly gestures to four chairs"
Does anyone know of any idiomatic meaning of Captain in the Corner, or is it just what it seems to be?
ANy help appreciated
simon tanner
Italy
Local time: 16:22
English translation:Nothing unusual
Explanation:
It is not a phrase that I have ever come across, or that I can see evidence for elsewhere. It would suggest to me that perhaps this old captain is one who sits in the same corner drinking his rum on a regular basis (i.e. every night) - he is a permanent fixture.
Selected response from:

Vicky Nash
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:22
Grading comment
Thanks for reminding me that some things can be quite simply what they seem to be!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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3 +7Nothing unusual
Vicky Nash


  

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9 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +7
Nothing unusual


Explanation:
It is not a phrase that I have ever come across, or that I can see evidence for elsewhere. It would suggest to me that perhaps this old captain is one who sits in the same corner drinking his rum on a regular basis (i.e. every night) - he is a permanent fixture.

Vicky Nash
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:22
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Thanks for reminding me that some things can be quite simply what they seem to be!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks Vicky, this was my impression, but the hyphens made me suspect some possible expression I was unfamiliar with


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty
1 hr
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agree  Ken Cox: and probably hasn't set foot on a boat in some time...
1 hr
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agree  Patricia Townshend
3 hrs
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agree  Claire Chapman
5 hrs
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agree  orientalhorizon
23 hrs
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agree  xxxAlfa Trans
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agree  V_N
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