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Origins of Words and Phrases

I felt it was much too long since we’d revisited the glorious days of sail for a word origin…               A lee shore was always a danger to sailing ships – the closer you … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

I came across this one on a ghost hunting programme (!) I saw recently involving a very old, supposedly haunted bed. The bed itself was a very old, crudely made one. Instead of a solid base or wooden slats beneath … Continue reading

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Origins of words and sayings

Among the many scraps of paper in my bulging folder of ideas for future writing projects is one for a novel set in Anglo-Saxon England, and some research I was doing recently gave me an idea for today’s posting. There … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

Yet again we salute the sailors of old for today’s saying.   When, in the eighteenth century, the government put import taxes up on various items such as tea and spirits to such levels that ordinary folk simply couldn’t afford … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

We return yet again to the days of Nelson for our latest saying. During the wars with France, when two ships came within sight of one another they would run up their nation’s flag to identify whether they were friend … Continue reading

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Well Known Sayings

A surprising number of our sayings come from the nautical world. Have I already said that? Probably, but I always find it a bit surprising – perhaps because I live just about as far from the sea as it’s possible … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings No 53ish

I’ve long been interested in naval history, and it’s surprising how many of the phrases and saying we use today come from ye olde days of sail, perhaps the most common and obvious one being ‘Learning the ropes’. But here’s … Continue reading

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