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Ship to Shore: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea
     

Ship to Shore: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea

by Peter D. Jeans, Ross H. Shardlow (Illustrator)
 

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“One of the best dictionaries of sea terms ever.”

—Library Journal

Bail out. The coast is clear. In deep water. These are just a few of the seafaring terms that have become part of our common language. But where do they come from, and what do they really mean? Peter Jeans provides all the answers in this book which was named a

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“One of the best dictionaries of sea terms ever.”

—Library Journal

Bail out. The coast is clear. In deep water. These are just a few of the seafaring terms that have become part of our common language. But where do they come from, and what do they really mean? Peter Jeans provides all the answers in this book which was named a “Best Reference Source” by Library Journal.

In his journey to uncover word origins, Jeans paints a vivid picture of hardy Nantucket whalers and Elizabethan sea dogs, grizzled Nova Scotia fishermen and the crews of great clipper ships. Along the way, he recounts the

exploits of such seafaring greats as Sir Francis

Drake, Captain Cook, and John Paul Jones.

More than a dictionary, Ship to Shore is a fascinating chronicle of the sailing men who made an enduring contribution to the English language. Here readers will find origins of words and phrases such as:



  • Listless

  • Peepers

  • To turn turtle

  • Sundowner

  • Unstayed

  • To come in with flying colors

  • Blowhard

  • To be taken aback



Editorial Reviews

Booknews
An entertaining and informative work that illustrates the debt our idiomatic language owes to the nautical language of the past. A variety of words, sayings, and figures of speech are explained in alphabetically organized entries that also show how the nautical language has evolved into common usage. Four appendices trace related terms, and an annotated bibliography identifies key source materials. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071440271
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/25/2004
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Jeans (Australia) is an avid writer and sailor. He is also the author of Long Road to London and Seafaring Lore & Legend: A Maritime Miscellany of Myth, Superstition,

Fable, and Fact.

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