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It’s International Talk like a Pirate Day, which offers us the perfect excuse to dip a toe in the sea of nautical language. Are you ready to join us aboard the HMS Dictionary? Take the quiz to see if you’re worth your weight in pieces of eight… or if you’re likely to be marooned by the crew!more
Ahoy, me hearties! When I plumbed the hidden depths of the nautical origins of common English words and phrases last year, I dredged up a treasure chest brimful of material, more than enough for the post I was writing at the time. With thoughts of summer holidays uppermost in many of our minds right now, […]more
I recently endured a weekend of mini-disasters (and it was supposed to be a relaxing Bank Holiday, too!). When I related the catalogue of catastrophettes to my father, his first response was ‘Well, worse things happen at sea!’. Though I was piqued, as he clearly didn’t think my weekend ranked high on the scale of […]more