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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 stor To start with I d like to point out that really wanted to like this book The title captured my attention instantly this it I ll now have access to the top secret information on words and idioms that left me bemused and discombobulated I cannot possibly tell you how many times I heard the wise pub folk share stores of port out starboard home and fornicate under kings consent just to name a few And I always doubted the authenticity of these explanations based on simple logic that medieval blokes reuiring regal say so to ravish their wench would not necessarily know how to write let alone messing around with the language for long enough to create the acronym phenomenon Al Murray as his alter ego Pub Landlord once said There two things Brits love being drunk and being right And this is why pub uizzes are popular And boy was I anticipating sweet joy of being right about the True origin of words in your face Pub Elders Right WrongWith the exception of very few phrases such as cater cornered deriving from uatre and thus pronounces Katr and the long suffering Aluminium aka Aluminum this book fails to live up to the expectations This work s two major flaws are 1 It tries to be funny and informative in easy bite size portions but ends up with shortcomings on both accounts I guess it s a difficult balance to strike but I would not be buying tickets for Michael uinon s Etymology Fun with Words if it ever were to materialise2 It lacks completeness Most entries would tease you with a few faux stories about the birth of a particular word to only disappoint you with the conclusions that go along the lines of but we don t know this with certainty there is no written evidence confirming that and we guess we ll never knowhuh well bummer To draw a parallel which offers you a better insight into what it felt like to read each article expecting enlightening culmination and being denied well deserved closure try to remember your first dabbling in things amorous you d touch each other numb excite yourself silly and it will only end with nothing happening because mum s next door and you ll be sore and feel cheatedBy all means read Port Out It s not by any stretch a nasty read Just don t expect to find an explanation for your favourite phrase and you ll be fine It just didn t uite cut the mustard for me that s all Wonder Woman and Philosophy man Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung may chastise his wife but only with a rod no thicker than his thumb These and hundreds of other stor To start with I d like to point out that really wanted to like this book The title captured Sponsor. 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Ies 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 'suare' rather than any other shape And how did anyone ever come up with the idea that if I have two shelves full of books about the English language Each is different each has its own strengths weaknesses and uirks Michael uinion s book is one of those to which I turn if I m looking for some insight into common language mythsThe issue of accuracy and authenticity is one I ll leave for the experts I don t need to be as definitive as they would prefer to be For me words are tools to be enjoyed considered and usedThere is of course one shattered myth that has caused me personal discomfort That relates to the origin of CABAL cabal Imagine my momentary distress at learning that this was not as I d long thought an acronym formed from the names of the five preeminent leaders in Charles II s government of 1667 1673 Still it is of little conseuence I ll consider it a mnemonic instead Clifford Arlington Buckingham Ashley and Lauderdale may have even had a far greater impact on language than they did on Charles II s government And the real origin of cabal Well apparently it came into English via the French cabale from the medieval Latin cabbala

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You're competent at something you can 'cut the mustard' Michael uinion here retells many of the 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 languag I eat up almost any book related to etymology Since at least half of this book is devoted to documenting the myths surrounding the featured words uinlon seems to say that sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination and overall it s not a bad ride Still as you read this know that the uickest way to kill a conversation is by schooling someone on the the original meaning of commonly used and misused phrases like beg the uestion In other words read this book and improve thyself Leave the policing to professionals


10 thoughts on “Port Out Starboard Home

  1. says:

    35 out of 5 stars A really interesting book especially if you’re intersted in language 😍 It’s uite fun to read up

  2. says:

    To start with I'd like to point out that really wanted to like this book The title captured my attention instantly this it I'll now have access to the top secret information on words and idioms that left me bemused and discombobula

  3. says:

    For the entire time I borrowed this book I thought the title was Posh which was weird but then again it is one of the entrie

  4. says:

    This is one of the most accessible and well written books on popular etymology I have read uinion lays out his intentions early on to establish the true origins of puzzling words and phrases as far as possible and to debunk the kinds of myth that routinely do the rounds in emails If true explanations are often less ‘colo

  5. says:

    I have two shelves full of books about the English language Each is different each has its own strengths weaknesses and uirk

  6. says:

    A book about words A book with stories about words Of course I had to buy it And I had the intension to read it but I gave u

  7. says:

    I have read a few books on etymology now and I feel this one by far has been the best one I have found that many of them are full of inaccurate explanations to the point whereby they are just furthering 'folk etymology' Having read this book I have come to a few conclusions phrases and words used in the English language have long weird and often obscure origins most of which we don't know A lot of the origins come from the corruption of w

  8. says:

    I eat up almost any book related to etymology Since at least half of this book is devoted to documenting the myths

  9. says:

    Certainly well researched For the research alone I give it a 5 However it just sucked the fun out of those legend

  10. says:

    This is an alphabetized list of where interesting phrases and words come from Not one to read cover to cover but great for looking up things you've always wondered about Basically the author tells us where everyone says a word comes from and th

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