This word does not mean what you probably think it might mean (shame on you).*
Bag-o’-wrinkle is a variant of the nautical term baggywrinkle.
Baggywrinkle: rope yarns (usually old) wound around parts of a ship’s rigging to prevent chafing.
From the pictures I have seen, it looks like a cross between a brush and a mop head.
*Don’t look up baggywrinkle on Urban Dictionary though.
2 thoughts on “Bag-o’-wrinkle”
I love nautical terms. A while back, I edited a pirate-themed novella by an author who is a professional sailor. Boy, did I increase my vocabulary on that project. I’ll admit it did take me a good fifty pages to stop giggling every time I read the phrase poop deck. 😉
Me too. I think it is because I used to have a fascination with pirates. And because it is almost impossible to guess the meaning of many of the words!