Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat by Martin Robson
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Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat
By Martin Robson

Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat

Naval Slang and Its Everyday Usage

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Format: Hardback

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Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat by Martin Robson

Book Description

Many phrases in common use today, like "as the crow flies" and "three sheets to the wind," originated from naval slang. The writers, musicians, filmmakers, and TV personalities who adopt these phrases increasingly expose the public to the sailor's language, yet few are aware of the original meanings. This entertaining book provides a fascinating compilation of naval slang, ranging from terms describing ship handling and seamanship, to food and drink, to discipline and insults. The text is enhanced with original line drawings that illustrate the meaning of such nautical terms as "splice the mainbrace." The book draws on the rich linguistic heritage of both the British and American navies, known for their quirks and nuances as well as their traditions, to offer a work that will appeal to word lovers everywhere.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781591146278
ISBN-10: 1591146275
Format: Hardback
(192mm x 117mm x 20mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: US Naval Institute Press
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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