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Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

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The origins of a remarkable number of everyday words and phrases are anchored in our seafaring past. Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions is an entertaining compilation revealing the maritime roots of common English expressions. The original "slush fund" was the fatty scraps from boiled meat that the ship's cook secretly stashed away to ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Lyons Press
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Lisa
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I thought this book was kind of a hoot! I'm amazed at how much of our everyday words come from these salty sailors! I use a lot of it constantly. I have arthritis, and when it gets bad I tend to grab onto my hip. I call it listing to the starboard side! I've always thought that if there is such a thing as past lives, then I must have been a sailor. My favorite thing from this book? Yeah, that would be a cup of Joe! I won't tell you here, but it was funny how this saying came about! My thanks to ...more
Nancy
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions by Cynthia Barrett was an entertaining read.

Cynthia Barrett comes from generations of seafaring men, her grandfather a whaler and her father a Navy man. In her attractive, illustrated volume she offers the entomology of phrases and terms that are rooted in maritime activities.

Presented in alphabetical order, each phrase includes an explanation of its origin and contemporary use, illustrated with excerpts from literature
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Amanda
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute, fun, and very informative little book. Like everyone else I was astonished at how many ordinary words and phrases had seafaring origins! Definitely recommended if you're a fan of language and/or all things nautical.

I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.
Lisa
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved, Three Sheets to the Wind by Cynthia Barrett. It is now a coffee table book at my lake house. Guests never fail to remark about this book. Everyone is surprised by the numbers of everyday expressions that have a nautical background.

One of my favorites is posh. This little word of luxury came about when wealthy Europeans where traveling to and from the Orient by ship. Without air conditioning a ship quickly got hot and stuffy. Therefore, wealthy individuals would select the more
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Steph Cherry
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little book! It is full of interesting words we use that I would have never guessed came from sailors and ships. There was a lot of humor and some scandalous association to common phrases. I highly recommend it.
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