Bill Beavis was a seaman turned journalist who had long been interested in nautical etymology. He died a number of years ago. Richard McCloskey is a distinguished American marine historian.
Most of us never realize how many words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin. This charming pocketbook explains the practical ship-board beginnings of over 200 such phrases—colorful, bizarre and surprising—and how they came ashore. For anyone with an interest in the sea & its traditions—landlubbers, boaters, historians, linguists.
A fascinating and entertaining exploration of all the everyday expressions that have nautical origins.