Splice the Mainbrace
Sailors seem to have a language all of their own, and for very good reason. Handling a large sailing ship is a complicated business and it is essential that orders are not misunderstood. However a surprising amount of the sailors' language has found its way into everyday speech and many people use nautical terms on a daily basis without realising where they came from. This light-hearted booklet,illustrated with cartoons, takes some of the most common expressions and explains where they came from and what they mean.
So if you would like to know why there is not enough room to swing a cat or why the gilt has been taken off the gingerbread, or why, indeed you are eating a square meal, then this is the book for you!