Personal Best: Revising and Editing Flabby: 128 The Vikings consumed a bucket or two of vibrant brew they called "aul" (ale). The Vikings headed fearlessly into battle often without armor or even shirts. The term berserk means "bare shirt" in Norse. The term took on the meaning of their wild battles. After consuming a bucket or two of vibrant brew they called "aul" (ale), the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle, often without armor or even shirts. The term berserk means "bare shirt" in Norse, and eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles. Fit: A Master at Work A final word on revision: Like all other worthwhile endeavors, it's messy and time-consuming. If you edit by hand, you'll be doing a lot of crossing out, writing in, and arrowdrawing. If you edit on a computer, expect a lot of cut and paste. Here's how the famous Romantic British poet John Keats edited The Eve of St. Agnes . This is one of the most famous of all manuscripts. Notice how many changes Keats made.