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Best on the subject,
This review is from: Port Out, Starboard Home: And Other Language Myths (Hardcover)
This is the best book on the subject of derivation of idioms - manners of speaking!
One lesson is that such words or phrases do NOT originate, as a rule, from acronyms (e.g., POSH does not come from "port outward, starboard home"). We Americans are
addicted to acronyms and are particularly credulous of such explanations (there are many such books over here and they are loaded with false derivations such as that).
Don't be put off by the claim that this is a dully written book - it isn't. It's fascinating.
PS It has the politically incorrect words and phrases, too. Find out the origin of "wog"!