A, B, Sea. A Loose-Footed Lexicon by Jack Lagan

By Jack Lagan

A, B, Sea is an enjoyable, complete consultant to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's thesaurus of nautical phrases contains definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment variation comprises many new entries, a few merely from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for severe sailors. choked with functional recommendation, this can be a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated by means of passages from vintage books of the ocean, others by means of the author's reports aboard an American schooner with a eu engine and containers of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and pleasing dictionary contain:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you need to vote for the latter at any time when. the united states Coast safeguard definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...

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See seasickness. 9. In the days long before Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) there was an understanding among seamen that, should they run out of food while adrift at sea, they would start to eat each other. See cannibalism. 10. The biggest cocktail ever was made on October 25, 1599, by Sir Edward Kennel, Commander in Chief of the English navy. The monster punch—enough for 6,000 party guests—included eighty barrels of brandy, nine of water, 25,000 large limes, eighty pints of lemon juice, 1,300lb of Lisbon sugar, 5lb of nutmeg, and 300 biscuits, plus a giant cask of Malaga wine.

1. Sailors—Language—Dictionaries. 2. English language—Slang—Dictionaries. 3. Naval art and science—Dictionaries. I. Lagan, Jack. II. Title. S3 L34 2003 2003000286 ISBN 978-1-57409-322-3 (pbk. : alk. 48-1992. Printed in the United States of America Contents Contents Ten Remarkable Facts from the Loose-Footed Lexicon Introduction Preface to the Second Edition A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Selected Bibliography The A, B, Sea Nautical Trivia Quiz The A, B, Sea Nautical Trivia Quiz The A, B, Sea Nautical Trivia Quiz Ten Remarkable Facts from the Loose-Footed Lexicon 1.

It has a white face, black neck, and grey wings but does not stick itself to the bottom of your boat. So what’s the connection? For five hundred years from the 12th century, the barnacle goose’s means of reproduction was a mystery. John Gerard was an Elizabethan botanist who insisted that he had seen geese breeding from barnacles attached to oak trees by rivers. Rather than ask what he had been smoking, the scientific community believed him. Even Izaak Walton went on about “the barnacles and young goslings bred by the sun’s heat and the rotten planks of an old ship, and hatched of trees” (The Compleat Angler, 1653).

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