Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

by Bill Beavis, Richard G. McCloskey, Richard G. McCloskey
     
 

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A charming etymology for all salty-minded people. Explains the fascinating ship-board beginnings of over 200 words and expressions, with the author's own delightful cartoons.

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A charming etymology for all salty-minded people. Explains the fascinating ship-board beginnings of over 200 words and expressions, with the author's own delightful cartoons.

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Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Those interested in word etymology might be surprised to find that some common English phrases have nautical origin. In Bill Beavis and Richard McCloskey's Salty Dog Talk, the origins of such expressions as no room to swing a cat (referring to either lack of flogging room, lack of room for a sailing collier to swing at anchor, or a derivation of cot, a sailor's name for his hammock) are discussed, supplemented by Beavis' whimsical cartoons. The pocket-sized book contains more than 20 phrases and describes how they came ashore.

Bill Beavis was a seaman turned journalist, and Richard McCloskey is a marine historian.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780924486821
Publisher:
Sheridan House, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Beavis was a seaman turned journalist who had long been interested in nautical etymology. He died a number of years ago. Richard McCloskey is a distinguished American marine historian.

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