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Port Out, Starboard Home By Michael Quinion

Port Out, Starboard Home
by Michael Quinion

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Michael Quinion here retells many of the more bizarre tales, and explains their real origins where they're known. This is a fascinating treasure-trove of fiction and fact for anyone interested in language.
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Port Out, Starboard Home: The Fascinating Stories We Tell About the words We Use by Michael Quinion

Can it really be true that 'golf' stands for 'Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden'? Or that 'rule of thumb' comes from an archaic legal principle that a man may chastise his wife, but only with a rod no thicker than his thumb?

These and hundreds of other stories are commonly told and retold whenever people meet. They grow up in part because expressions are often genuinely mysterious. Why, for example, are satisfying meals 'square' rather than any other shape? And how did anyone ever come up with the idea that if you're competent at something you can 'cut the mustard'?

Michael Quinion here retells many of the more bizarre tales, and explains their real origins where they're known. This is a fascinating treasure-trove of fiction and fact for anyone interested in language.

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Port Out, Starboard Home Reviews


Michael Quinion's World Wide Words is the web authority on English etymology (word origins) and usage-come here for definitive information on some of the most interesting, amusing and downright weird words and phrases in the English language. * Cambridge Dictionaries Online web site (February 2003) *

About Michael Quinion


Michael Quinion has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of New Words (2nd edition), edited the weekly Daily Telegraph new words column, and is author of a dictionary of affixes, Ologies and Isms (OUP). He has made countless contributions to the OED. Since 1996 he has produced the weekly e-newsletter World Wide Words, which has an associated website. He lives in Bristol.

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GOR000625588
Port Out, Starboard Home: The Fascinating Stories We Tell About the words We Use by Michael Quinion
Michael Quinion
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2005-09-01
304
0141012234
9780141012230
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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