Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat
Naval Slang and Its Everyday Usage
By (author) Martin Robson
Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat by Martin Robson
Book DescriptionMany 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 DetailsISBN: 9781591146278
(192mm x 117mm x 20mm)
Imprint: US Naval Institute Press
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2010
Country of Publication: United States
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