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The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books; 1st Book People Edition edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846142539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846142536
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other books including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel and What Caesar did for my Salad.

Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. Albert lives somewhere between Guildford in England and Cape Town in South Africa.

OTHER BOOKS BY ALBERT JACK

RED HERRINGS AND WHITE ELEPHANTS
SHAGGY DOGS AND BLACK SHEEP
PHANTOM HITCHHIKERS
LOCH NESS MONSTERS AND OTHER MYSTERIES SOLVED
POP GOES THE WEASEL
THE OLD DOG AND DUCK
WHAT CAESAR DID FOR MY SALAD
BLACK SHEEP & LAME DUCKS
IT'S A WONDERFUL WORD
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 1
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 2
THE JAM: SOUNDS FROM THE STREET
SHED DEBT & START LIVING LIFE
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
WANT TO BE A WRITER?
LAST MAN IN LONDON

albertjack.com albertjackchat (facebook and twitter)

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The fascinating stories behind our favourite inns, from the Nag's Head to the Green Man
--DAILY EXPRESS

Lively and intriguing... a testament to the nature of the pub as a focus for creativity, wit and yarn-spinning.
--THE TIMES

Highly entertaining and full of stories...a book worth taking down the pub, methinks. --METRO

The ultimate booze who of Britain - the amazing tales of how pubs got their weird and wonderful names.
--DAILY STAR

Hopefully, with books like this, we can try and keep some of these places - and their intriguing names - alive.

--SCOTSMAN

About the Author

When not engaged in research, Albert Jack lives somewhere between Guildford and Cape Town, where he divides his time between fast living and slow horses, neat vodka and untidy pubs. This is the book he has always wanted to write.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Whitaker on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Neither of my locals, the Daisy and the Old Unicorn, are in this book but it is nevertheless a treasure house of other delights. We have such as the Bag of Nails, the Bucket of Blood, the Pickled Parson and the Quiet Woman. All are explained as to their origins and it makes good reading.

My favourite, perhaps, is the Drunken Duck. The said duck was found apparently dead in the pub's back yard, taken indoors and plucked ready for the oven. As it happened, the duck wasn't dead but dead drunk and was slowly reviving. A barrel had leaked beer into its feeding trough and it had drunk its fill, and more besides. No matter, the landlord's wife knitted it a pullover until some of its feathers grew back and the duck became something of a celebrity. So much so that the pub's name was changed accordingly.

Excellent bed-time reading.

John Whitaker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Richardson on 10 Nov. 2009
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Great book, one to pick up and put down at will. Nice to dip into but informative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Sturgess on 4 Mar. 2010
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Hi,this book was sent to both my sister and brother,they both said they have had happy hours reading it.Pick it up,put it down when you wish,great little boredom breaker and a laugh too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Faraway Tree on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Enjoyed reading this book. It contains lots of interesting bits & bobs.

There were a few entries I'm not sure of though...

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1/ "The Bull":
Albert Jack mentions the most likely source of 'a cock and bull story' coming from two pubs in the town of Stoney Stratford. In his book "Why is Q Always Followed by U?", and on his website 'worldwidewords', Michael Quinion dismisses this suggestion.

2/ "Goat and Compass":
One of the many suggestions in the book for this pub name originates in the crest for the Worshipful Company of Carpenters which dispays 3 compasses. Michael Quinion, on his website 'worldwidewords' mentions this and goes further in saying the crest also features a Chevron, which derives from the Latin 'caper', meaning 'goat'.

3/ "The Green Man":
Easter is linked to the pagan goddess Eostre, celebrated at the spring equinox. That is a common suggestion and one put forward back in the 8th century by St. Bede the Venerable. There are other schools of thought though, most notably that Easter (white week) is a mistranslation from German for the plural of 'alba' meaning 'dawn', and therefore 'Eostarum' became Easter. This is explained in more detail in "The Pedant's Revolt" by Andrea Barham.

4/ "The John Snow":
Albert Jack says in this entry that the reason the expression 'good health' is widely used by people having a drink together is because in London in the mid-19th century drinking alcohol was a way of ensuring you didn't fall ill due to the poor drinking water.
This seems a plausible explanation but "wassail" (was hail) meaning 'be in good health' has been around since Saxon times.
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By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
From my experience, I would say that this is definitely one of those books that are best tackled by dipping in and out of. I attempted to read it cover to cover but soon grew tired of it, becoming overwhelmed with the large amount of fairly dry information that I was attempting to take in. Maybe I might have appreciated it more had I not had the constant feeling that I already knew most of the information that I reading – and found that I was probably right as I have two books on the origin of pub names already on my shelves, which on investigation seemed to duplicate much of what is written in Ye Olde Dog & Duck.

I would say then that if you going to produce a book on pub names then you should try to be a little more inventive with the names chosen than Albert Jack has been; he has chosen to include too many lengthy and slightly tedious explanations of bog standard pub names like The George, Royal Oak, Wheatsheaf and Rose & Crown when I would have preferred to read about pubs with more obscure names. An example of this is that The Blind Beggar is included whereas just a short walk along Whitechapel Road there is/was a pub with an extremely singular name, The Grave Maurice, which is not. Surely The Grave Maurice has a story which would be far more interesting than that of The Woolpack or the Red Lion? It is no coincidence therefore that the pub name that sticks in my mind is most is The Bucket of Blood.

Despite my misgivings this is decent book which would make a fine reference book for pub lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoJo70 on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to say, after ready Albert Jack's other books ("Red Herrings & White Elephants" and "Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep"), I didn't enjoy this one quite as much. I think this may have been the subject matter however. Still written brilliantly by Albert Jack and interesting...but if this is your first encounter with Albert Jack I would suggest going for Red Herrings and White Elephants, which is an absolutely brilliant read and full of interesting facts. Your friend's will dread hearing you say, "Did you know...." !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jonboy on 18 April 2012
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I had lots of fun reading this book. Albert Jack has done some major research into the subject and has some very amusing anecdotes and observations. Definitely worth buying !
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