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AMSHINOV- no quarter asked,no quarter given

Think of me as perpetual Shil'shel Peh

Tuesday, November 08, 2005




-amshinover:if you have nothing nice to say, say it here


  • At 11/08/2005 12:38 PM, Anonymous Uri said…

    No quarter asked, no quarter given.

    I take it that means you're not a schnorrer--but you're not that hot about tzedaka either.

  • At 11/08/2005 12:46 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said…

    The term "no quarter given" means "no prisoners". Pirates normally ran up their black flag first to announce to their victims that they were pirates and that surrendering without a struggle might be a wise thing to do. If the victims fought back, the pirates would then run up their red flag to declare that they were not going take any prisoners. This was to show their opponents that they were really, really mad. Of course, once they won the battle they might change their mind and graciously spare their prisoners lives.

    This flag might also be used if they were attacked by a naval vessel sent out to hunt pirates. Since they would probably be hanged anyway if captured, the flag would mean "no quarter asked or given". In other words, the pirates would be saying they were going to fight to the last man, and this flag would encourage them to do just that.

    In addition, the red flag with white skull and crossbones may have been one of the earliest Jolly Rogers, since it was used in the Caribbean in 1687.
    This means without mercy. We can say no quarter given or asked

  • At 11/08/2005 12:51 PM, Anonymous Uri said…

    Thanks. Any idea why they talked about "quarter" being asked or given? They obviously didn't mean their quarters, the rooms they lived in.

  • At 11/08/2005 12:54 PM, Anonymous Uri said…

    Then again, maybe they did mean the quarters one lives in. Then "no quarters given" would mean we aren't going to stow away any prisoners. And "no quaters asked" would mean don't tuck us away somewhere as your prisoners.

    Just a thought.


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