Sea Words. Water, Wind and Waves a Glossary of Nautical Words and Phrases Michael W. Williams

ISBN: 9781905006199

Published: March 12th 2006

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156 pages


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Sea Words. Water, Wind and Waves a Glossary of Nautical Words and Phrases  by  Michael  W. Williams

Sea Words. Water, Wind and Waves a Glossary of Nautical Words and Phrases by Michael W. Williams
March 12th 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 156 pages | ISBN: 9781905006199 | 10.19 Mb

Sea-words, from sea power to word power- the Royal Navys contribution to English words, phrases, aphorisms, and sayings now in everyday use. Charles II inaugurated the Royal Navy in the 17th century and as such it policed the oceans protectingMoreSea-words, from sea power to word power- the Royal Navys contribution to English words, phrases, aphorisms, and sayings now in everyday use. Charles II inaugurated the Royal Navy in the 17th century and as such it policed the oceans protecting Britains Empire and whilst doing so the Navy garnered many new and unusual expressions.

Phrases such as under the weather, nip and tuck, all above board and banyan, owe their origins to the Navy. Typical of the English language, many of these modern idioms are corruptions of foreign words, misheard, misunderstood or misquoted.

This provides us with a rich if not accurate reflection of the Royal Navys contact with other nationals, mainly Dutch, French, Spanish, Indian, American and not a little skewed Latin. Sea-words may help settle a quiz argument or help a crossword solver trace the origin of an unusual English phrase - but it will fuel just as many debates as our knowledge of life at sea fades from our collective memory to become vague recollections by old seafarers, old salts.

Also by this author, A Brief History of the Royal Navy - Its People, Places and Pets. The London Press, London, ISBN 1905006063.



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