"A fine addition to any library." - Choice "Peter Jeans is a wonderful writer; his prose is fluid and punctuated with wry humor, making this more than just a reference book for writers and scholars. Ship to Shore is also an entertaining browse for all word-lovers and armchair sailors." - Bloomsbury Review"
From the Publisher
You've probably used the expression " to let the cat out of the bag". Or you might have been " taken aback" or stuck with something "to the bitter end". But perhaps you didn't know that we owe these common expressions to mariners of generations past.
Ship to Shore uncovers the nautical origins of words and phrases we use in everyday speech. From hardy Nantucket whalers to Elizabethan sea dogs, from grizzled Nova Scotia fishermen to crews of the great clipper ships, sailing men have made remarkable contributions to the English language.
While providing definitions and word origins, this volume is anecdotal in tone and recounts tales of such famous seafaring men as Sir Francis Drake and Captain cook. Ship to Shore paints a vivid picture of the seaman's daily life and honours the rich cultural heritage of the seafaring tradition.
Anyone interested in the history of the English language of the history of the sea will find this book, informative, intriguing, and very entertaining.
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