sail training ship

the signs as malaphors;

malaphor, noun, an idiom blend: an error in which two similar figures of speech are merged, producing a nonsensical result.


let’s get to the chase (get to the point + cut to the chase)


that steals the cake (takes the cake + steals the show)


i’ll burn that bridge when i get to it (don’t burn your bridges +i’ll cross that bridge when i get to it)


a one horse pony (a one house town + one trick pony)


she hit the goldpot (struck gold + hit the jackpot)


i always like to give people the shadow of the doubt (benefit of the doubt + without a shadow of a doubt)


that train has sailed (that ship has sailed + that train has left the station)


you hit the nail on the coffin (hit the nail on the head + the final nail in the coffin) 


even a blind squirrel finds a nut twice a day (even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile + even a broken clock is right twice a day) 


you’ve got a leg in the door (you’ve got a leg up + a foot in the door)


you’re sharp as a whip (smart as a whip + sharp as a tack)


whatever floats your fancy (whatever floats your boat + whatever takes your fancy)

Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany lies only 7 km from the Danish border with a population of ~86,000. The nearest larger towns are Kiel (86 km south) and Odense/Denmark (92 km northeast). In Germany, Flensburg is known for

- the nationwide database of traffic violators (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt), aka Verkehrssünderkartei (“traffic sinner card file”)
- its tasty beer Flensburger Pilsener, also called “Flens”
- the center of the Danish national minority in Germany
- the greeting Moin Moin
- the large erotic mail-order companies Beate Uhse and Orion
- its handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt
- the Naval Academy Mürwik with its famous sail training ship Gorch Fock

After Westerland on the island of Sylt, it’s Germany’s northernmost town. It lies at the tip of the Flensburg Fjord, an inlet of the Ostsee (Baltic Sea). Its eastern shore is part of the Angeln peninsula. It’s also just a pretty town, you should visit. :)

*Narrator voice* Ladies and Gentlemen...

You’ve seen:

  • The Kiss™
  • The Nose Thing™
  • The Heart Eyes™
  • The Spit™
  • The Vow™
  • The Smile™

You’ve experienced:

  • Clarke the husband and the Bitanic™
  • The Pick Up Lines™
  • The Lextric System™
  • The Little Grounder Family™
  • LExtra
  • The Candles™
  • Whipped Lexa™
  • Sin Day™

And now, get ready for…

What I really love about Berena as a ship is the dynamic. They’re so alike in so many ways: both strong-willed women, experts in their fields, messy divorces behind them, not terribly close with their children, unafraid to speak their mind etc.

And yet instead of using these similarities for a cat-fight trope, the writers have moulded a delicate relationship out of their differences. From the trivial things such as Bernie’s mess and Serena’s order, very early on it was highlighted that their differences were the main focus of this relationship.

Bernie is chaos in Serena’s ordered life.

Serena is steadiness in Bernie’s changing world.

Bernie is practicality when Serena gets emotional.

Serena is kindness when Bernie feels alone.

These two should, by all accounts, argue constantly. But they don’t. They bicker, yes, but they also love one another fiercely. And it isn’t because they’re so similar, and they appreciate finding a ‘professional equal’ at this stage of the game. No, the qualities they truly appreciate in one another are the little opposites. It is their differences which bring them together.