When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse...
- When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay: Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech is a salty collection of over 250 words, phrases and sayings that have become common in English usage.
- Arranged alphabetically and each entry is accompanied by a full explanation of origins and use
- Written for lovers of English and the sea
- Have you ever wondered about the origin of "son of a gun" or "flotsam and jetsam" or "hunky-dory"?
- This book is a collection of nautical metaphors and colloquialisms
- In addition, the book includes thought-provoking and entertaining examples of these words drawn from literature, movies, and song, and contains sections of legends of the sea and weather lore
- Fascinating reading for sailors and langauge enthusiasts alike
- A couple of chapters on weather lore and sea legends, myths, and superstitions complete the text
- Here's the scuttlebutt:
- Barge right in
- Swallow the anchor
- Let's chew the fat
- Splice the main brace 'til we're three sheets to the wind
- Listen, you son of a sea cook
- I'm tired of minding my P's and Q's
- I tell you, I'm all at sea
- This is the bitter end
- Nothing I can do will keep this ship on an even keel
- Hells bells
- You think I didn't tell it to the old man
- Delivered a broadside
- I did, but he just called me a loose cannon
- Maybe I caught him between wind and water
- Listen, mate
- You'd better bootleg a bible aboard
- We're sailing under false colors
- Where we're headed it's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey
- It's Davy Jones' locker I'm talking about.
- The crew was scraped from the bottom of the barrel
- They don't know the ropes
- They're deserting like rats from a sinking ship
- It's time to fish or cut bait mate
- There'll be the devil to pay
- No use flogging a dead horse
- Let's stay armed to the teeth and look for any port in a storm
- There'll be nothing but flotsam and jetsam when this tub goes down the hatch
- Author: Olivia A. Isil
- ISBN-10: 0070328773
- ISBN-13: 978-0070328778
- Publish date: April 1996
- Pages: 154
- Dimensions: 7" x 7"
- Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Item #: 050412