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

Author:   Cynthia Barrett
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN:  

9781493042272


Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 May 2019
Format:   Paperback
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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 sell at port to candle makers. The man who originally turned a blind eye was Admiral Nelson. In one of Naval history's most famous acts of insubordination, Nelson, in the heat of battle, raised his telescope to his blind eye and announced he could not see the signal flag commanding him to break off action. The perfect companion for etymology lovers, factophiles, ocean dreamers, and the conversationally curious, Three Sheets to the Wind features 200 words and expressions that are nautically inspired. Alphabetically organized (from A to Sea) readers can also enjoy 100 original illustrations as well as relevant excerpts from the great novels of Melville, Forester, O'Brian, and others. These passages illustrate how such literary giants reached for these expressions in their classic masterpieces. Our everyday speech is peppered with language used by sailors when someone says they are pooped because they stayed to the bitter end of happy hour .

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Author:   Cynthia Barrett
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint:   The Lyons Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.70cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 21.70cm
Weight:   0.272kg
ISBN:  

9781493042272


ISBN 10:   1493042270
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Cynthia Barrett is a senior editor at Metro Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Company. She is an avid sailor and has a long family history near the sea. Her great grandfather, George Washington Barrett was a whaler out of Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island and as such he sailed around Cape Horn three times. In the Civil War he served as Commanding Officer of the USS Whitehead during the Battle of Albemarle Sound. Her father was a Lieutenant in the Navy and was in the D-Day invasion of France. She lives in New York City.

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