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SHIP TO SHORE: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea Paperback – 1 Jul 2004


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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; New edition edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071440275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071440271
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,480,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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"

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr J on 18 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
When you pick up this book, make sure you read the small subtitle: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea. This is really what this book is about. It's one of those books you can pick up on a rainy Sunday afternoon and the time will fly by. Or, if you are looking for a specific phrase that has its origin in sea-talk, it's probably there. So, this book has several uses. I like to pick it up and browse. As a dictionary, it does not need to be read from cover to cover. Besides giving origins (I won't tell you any--you gotta look 'em up yourself!), it does debunk one of the most enduring myths--POSH does NOT come from 'Port out, starboard home.' For some reason, this folk-etymology has spread like wildfire in popular culture, although practically no linguists accept it as truth. So, I was glad that the author treated words that allegedly come from the sea as well. He has done his homework. A great book that you can learn a lot from. Also, it's written in a very easy-to-read style.
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very informative, to both the seafarer and lanlubber, a treasure trove of nautical terms and words in every day use. highly recommended.
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By Michael Mcclean on 22 Jun. 2009
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I found this book an invaluable resource to help me write some sea shanties and it's a great read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A very good book. 30 Mar. 2008
By Dr J - Published on Amazon.com
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When you pick up this book, make sure you read the small subtitle: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea. This is really what this book is about. It's one of those books you can pick up on a rainy Sunday afternoon and the time will fly by. Or, if you are looking for a specific phrase that has its origin in sea-talk, it's probably there. So, this book has several uses. I like to pick it up and browse. As a dictionary, it does not need to be read from cover to cover. Besides giving origins (I won't tell you any--you gotta look 'em up yourself!), it does debunk one of the most enduring myths--POSH does NOT come from 'Port out, starboard home.' For some reason, this folk-etymology has spread like wildfire in popular culture, although practically no linguists accept it as truth. So, I was glad that the author treated words that allegedly come from the sea as well. He has done his homework. A great book that you can learn a lot from. Also, it's written in a very easy-to-read style.
Fascinating! 6 July 2013
By Graybeard - Published on Amazon.com
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Australian writer and sailor Peter Jeans does a masterful job of explaining the nautical origin of over 1,300 everyday English words and phrases. Each one is explained in a picturesque, storylike manner. Nautical usage, non-nautical usage, etymology, and published examples of usage are all provided. Even though I have only a lukewarm interest in maritime affairs, the etymologies and the deftness of the author's prose make for excellent reading. Landlubbers will also find the book's illustrations helpful. Interestingly, one of the book's appendices discusses words that traveled in the other direction, i.e., they started out as land words and later were adapted to nautical use. This book obviously required a lot of research, and clearly was a labor of love. Typographically, the book is beautiful. Well done!
Love that nautical stuff! 3 July 2013
By L. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Etymology, language, linguistics ... all that stuff fascinates me. This was another of those library test-drives, and I never could get all the way thru it before the due date -- hence, it needs to be in MY library for further reference. Such a fun book, and such COLORFUL language!!!
Wrong item sent 18 Dec. 2013
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I sent it back,it was not what I thought it was, I spent 20 years in the Navy it was not what I needed
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lengthy arrival time/no tracking 4 Jan. 2011
By Paula Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was ordered on November 30, 2010 and arrived January 3, 2011. There was no way to track it once it was shipped. I repeatedly requested the status of the arrrival but was told it couldn't be tracked. Then was told it had been returned because a portion of the shipping label had been torn off. Once again it was unable to be tracked.
When it finally arrived I noticed that it had been sent from Toledo, Ohio, a one hour drive from the delivery address.
I am very dissappointed in the length of time it took for this item to arrive and the fact that it could not be tracked.
The book is is very good condition but it was meant as a Christmas gift.
I will not use this business again.
PJ Peterson
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