Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

by Bill Beavis, Richard McCloskey
     
 

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Most of us never realise how many words and expressions used in
everyday English have a nautical origin. This fascinating and charming
pocket book explains the seafaring beginnings of over 200 such phrases - colourful, bizarre and surprising - and how they came ashore.

Just a few examples are:


Chock-a-block
Chance your armSee more details below

Overview

Most of us never realise how many words and expressions used in
everyday English have a nautical origin. This fascinating and charming
pocket book explains the seafaring beginnings of over 200 such phrases - colourful, bizarre and surprising - and how they came ashore.

Just a few examples are:


Chock-a-block
Chance your arm
Money for old rope
Spic and span
Push the boat out
At close quartersThis entertaining book has been a popular title for boaters and landlubbers alike, ever since first publication in 1983.

'Good fun' Yachts and Yachting
'Entertaining, informative, educational and lots of fun' Multihull International
'
An entertaining and informative little book' Motor Boats Monthly

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781472901477
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
819,298
File size:
3 MB

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