Most of us never realise how many words and expressions used in
everyday English have a nautical origin. This fascinating and charming
pocket book explains the seafaring beginnings of over 200 such phrases — colourful, bizarre and surprising — and how they came ashore.
Just a few examples are:
Chance your arm
Money for old rope
Spic and span
Push the boat out
At close quartersThis entertaining book has been a popular title for boaters and landlubbers alike, ever since first publication in 1983.
'Good fun' Yachts and Yachting
'Entertaining, informative, educational and lots of fun' Multihull International
'An entertaining and informative little book' Motor Boats Monthly