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

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Have you ever wondered about the origin of "son of a gun," "flotsam and jetsam," or "hunky-dory"? You'll find the nautical derivation of these expressions and more than 250 others in this collection of nautical metaphors and colloquialisms. In addition, this book includes thought-provoking and entertaining examples of these words drawn from literature, movies, and song, an ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published April 22nd 1996 by International Marine Publishing (first published April 1st 1996)
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Stutley Constable
This is a great little book for anyone doing research into nautical terminology/slang. It's a quick reference with an easy to follow index in the back. The layout is sensible, making the information even easier to take in.

I found the anecdote regarding the old "brass monkey" reference particularly fun to read.

This book is not dry reference material laid out with no feeling. The author has imparted some warmth to the subject simply by writing in a natural, conversational tone.

I got this as a Chri
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LemontreeLime
A fun dictionary of nautical terms and their origins, some quite surprising. I had no idea fubar was actually an acronym, or that the original source of the word bonanza had nothing to do with big ranches and a guy named Hoss. Somehow I had never heard of Drake's drum either. Very interesting.
Sally
Jul 28, 2011 Sally added it
A facinating look at many nautical expressions which have worked their way into everyday language and their origins.
Steve
Great fun for word origins.
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