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The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions
by Bill Beavis & Richard McCloskey
Have you ever realized just how many of the words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin?
If you've ever felt you'be been sold down the river or put through the hoop, or that somebody is spic and span or footloose when they're at close quarters, or that anything less than the Real McCoy makes you want to chance your arm, then your language is already steeped in the salty tradition. This charming pocket book explains the seafaring origins of over 200 such phrases- colorful, bizarre and surprising- and how they came ashore. They are arranged alphabetically for easy reference, and with Bill Beavis' lively cartoons there is never a dull moment.
Softcover: 96 pages