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

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Product details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Great book, one to pick up and put down at will. Nice to dip into but informative.
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I am really enjoying this! This is MY kind of history - the past and pubs! - but not necessarily in that order, would you believe! I honestly thought that this would prove to be a 'dip into' book that I might enjoy as the mood took me but I was so wrong. This has proved to be one of my personal best buys as I've been so intrigued and interested that I've been reading it since I bought it. So much so, that I may have to purchase Mr.Jack's other books when I arrive at the end of this one... I do so hope other buyers enjoy it too.
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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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If Mr Jack really believes that "Cat and Fiddle" is a corruption of "Catherine Fidele" and a reference to Henry VIII's first wife, his research can't have been very thorough, since examples of "Cat and Fiddle" as a sign have been found from the early 16th century, predating Henry and Catherine, and the sign therefore cannot refer to her. This error alone casts doubt upon the whole book.
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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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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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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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