As Melville notes of gally, or gallow, "when the polite landsman first hears it from the gaunt Nantucketer, he is apt to set it down as one of the whaleman's self-derived savageries. Much the same is it with many other sinewy Saxonisms of this sort . . ."
McGrath moots a link with gallows: in fact, one is from the Old English for alarm, the other means pole. Thomas Hardy refers to a gally-crow (to see off birds). In America, gallows are also braces - and that sonorous footnote prompts one to read the novel itself.Reuse content