Birl v. To revolve a log in the water while standing on it. I knew it - there just had to be a word for it. We've all seen it done at the movies or on television - and now you and I know what it's called. This is powerful information. Chances are you will never meet anyone else who knows what this word means. Use this knowledge wisely.
Each Tuesday, we'll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person's Books of Words from the Godine website. Birl appears in the second.