Dictionary definitions and etymology illustrated from contemporary and classical literature (selected from 'A Book for Today').
Friday, June 26, 2009
Bunkerage: Bunker is an old Scottish word meaning a box that could also serve as a seat, as in a hope chest or a toy box or a window seat. This is another example of a word that expanded its meanings as time passed. Today a bunker might be dug-in fortifications. The United States produces bunker-buster bombs for attack these bunkers. More peacefully a bunker might be a sand trap on a gold course or a storage compartment on a ship. From this last meaning, bunkerage is the fuel stored in the fuel bunker on a ship.
The chief believes there was water in the bunkerage.