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THE ORIGIN OF NAUTICAL SAYINGS

Friday February 24th, 2017
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NAUTICAL SAYINGS THE TRUE ORIGINS

Its weekend, so on a light-hearted note, have you ever wondered where some of the well-used  sayings that people come out with originate from? Well believe it or not most them have a nautical origin to them.

Take on Board, Overbearing, Posh, etc. are some of the obvious ones. But what about, Get a word in edgeways, Get down to the nitty gritty, Fits the bill, etc. Some of our well used sayings have fascinating reasons for us using them.

Harbourguides have the answers to hundreds of these, and if you want the answers simply head over to our “Nautical Sayings”  https://www.harbourguides.com/nautical-sayings information and we’re sure you will be amazed at how many of the words and expressions you use every day were originated.

So head over to the page and then impress your friends with your knowledge.

Here’s a quick one for one for you. Where did the expression “Flash in the pan” come from? Without Googling it here is a choice of four answers. Only one is correct, do you know which one?

  1. When panning for gold, A quick flash may look like gold, but often is not?
  2. When a dish is flamble’d, the quick flame is where this saying originates?
  3. When firing an old musket, sometimes there would just be a flash in the “pan” with no bullet being released?
  4. When polishing the old copper bottomed pans, when the shiny bottom caught the sunlight, it was described as a flash in the pan?

 

Remember no Googling

Have a great Weekend  

Here's the link to our Nautical Sayings https://www.harbourguides.com/nautical-sayings

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Comments (2)
24/02/2017 @ 8:57 pm
Greg Mahan
Musket
24/02/2017 @ 8:17 pm
Helen Barlow
Great collection!
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