11 comments on “A bit of language history – how some of our everyday expressions came to be…

  1. One that’s can be added to this, is ” freezing the balls off a brass monkey’,, which refers to the cannonballs that used to sit on a metal holder known as ‘a brass monkey’ ,, when the weather was cold, the metal cannonballs would contract and fall from the holder…

  2. Very interesting Thomas. I had an uncle who served on a Royal Navy battleship during WW2. His ship was sunk in a Japanese air attack a few days after Pearl Harbor.

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  4. Your last one.. S H I T is, I’m afraid, untrue… it’s been in use over here forever in both forms of shit and shite and comes from the OE word Scitan, meaning to defecate.
    Since hubby was in the RM Bandservice when I met him I could tell you quite a few nautical terms but that would ruin my reputation as a lady *snort*

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