Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

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Most of us never realize how many words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin. This charming pocketbook explains the practical ship-board beginnings of over 200 such phrases—colorful, bizarre and surprising—and how they came ashore. For anyone with an interest in the sea & its traditions—landlubbers, boaters, historians, linguists.

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Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

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Overview

Most of us never realize how many words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin. This charming pocketbook explains the practical ship-board beginnings of over 200 such phrases—colorful, bizarre and surprising—and how they came ashore. For anyone with an interest in the sea & its traditions—landlubbers, boaters, historians, linguists.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472907981
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/6/2015
  • Pages: 96

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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