When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay: Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech

When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay: Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech

by Olivia A. Isil

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070328778
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/1996
Edition description: List
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 828,665
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Olivia A. Isil was a clinical nurse specialist at Memorial Hospital, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for many years. In addition to pursuing her interest in ships, the sea, and word origins, Olivia has spent the past few years researching the "lost colonists" of Roanoke and the Roanoke Voyages of 1584 to 1587, and publishing her findings.

Table of Contents

Foreword


Preface


Acknowledgments


Introduction


Metaphors and Colloqualisms


Wind, Waves, and Weather


Yarns of the Sea, Legends, Myths, and Superstitions


Bibliography


Index


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When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay: Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Did I Just Read that Right? I read this book first and foremost because of the title. As I picked it up and asked myself "did I just read that right?" As soon as I realized what the book was a bout I was absolutely delighted. I've always been interested in the origins of sayings so I was thrilled to pay for it and head home with my new read. I was even more thrilled when I realized that I'd read some of the author's previous work. Olivia A. Isil's account of what happened to teh Roanoke colonies is the 1500s was incredibly insightful and well researched so I found myself hoping that this book would be too. I can't say I was disappointed! Her engaging yet factual writing style comes to life yet again in When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Play. I was genuinely surprised reading this book by how many of our everyday sayings have "washed ashore" from sailor life in years passed. "All if a days work", "Son of a gun", and "Above board" were by far my favorite sayings to learn about - though I won't spoil the meaning of them for you. The book is split into three sections, "Metaphors and Colloquialisms", "Wind, Waves, and Weather", and "Yarns of the Sea, Legends, Myths, and Superstitions", something which makes it a more manageable read and also gives you the option to flip through it at your leisure. They're all laid our like a dictionary too, something which appealed to me all the more. Informative, lighthearted, and entertaining, this book certainly does what it sets out to do and a lot more in my opinion. I recommend it! If it hooks you onto sailing culture like it did me, you are sure to also enjoy What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor? Unexpurgated Sea Chanties.