Playing an aging superhero named Merman (with sidekick barnacle Boy), Borgnine takes on the “champion of the deep.”
Both words being popularly corrupted into barnacle, it was natural that the two things should be considered as identical.
The barnacle family had for some time helped to administer the Circumlocution Office.
To have got the whole barnacle family together would have been impossible for two reasons.
“I bet the barnacle haunts Purt in his dreams,” exclaimed Bobby.
You haven't got any appointment, you know,' said barnacle Junior.
“Nor could he have been the person we—and the barnacle—have been trailing,” she said, suddenly.
The passage referring to "the barnacle" will be found in the Topog.
Do let the barnacle keep the sheriff up in that tree for a little while longer.
“Looks as though he had finally gotten rid of the barnacle, just the same,” laughed Laura.
early 13c., "species of wild goose;" as a type of "shellfish," first recorded 1580s. Often derived from a Celtic source (cf. Breton bernik, a kind of shellfish), but the application to the goose predates that of the shellfish in English. The goose nests in the Arctic in summer and returns to Europe in the winter, hence the mystery surrounding its reproduction. It was believed in ancient superstition to hatch from barnacle's shell, possibly because the crustacean's feathery stalks resemble goose down. The scientific name of the crustacean, Cirripedes, is from Greek cirri "curls of hair" + pedes "feet."