Not Enough Room To Swing A Cat


“As the crow flies”, ”chunder”, ”cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey”, ”three sheets to the wind”. We all use such common phrases in everyday life – but not many of us know these and many others originally came from naval slang.

The navy once had its own language, filled with witty slang. These quirky sayings found their way onto the land, and have survived healthily up to the present day.

This is an interesting book exploring language and the navy’s history, supplemented by black line illustrations which help to explain technical terms



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