[PDF/EBOOK] Port Out Starboard Home Author Michael Quinion


  • Hardcover
  • 282
  • Port Out Starboard Home
  • Michael Quinion
  • English
  • 11 September 2019
  • 9780140515343

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 on all these expressions 👌🏻

  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 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 aut

  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 ent

  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 ‘colourful’ there is still great enjoyment to be gained from uinion’s witty perceptive accounts and the read

  5. says:

    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

  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 up after the letter G Yes the stories are fascinating some of them But not fascinating to read I thought there would be chapters with stories about a specific subject or family of words but the book

  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

  8. says:

    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 phras

  9. says:

    Certainly well researched For the research alone I give it a 5 However it just sucked the fun out of those legendary word origins we've heard over the years Ex raining cats and dogs copper crapper posh etc Although I'm most always f

  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 then tells us where it really came from if anyone knows The general rule

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Port Out Starboard Home

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

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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. 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 entries And then I tried to search for the book on GoodreadsPort Out Starboard Home is a mini encyclopedia about various English words and phrases the fancy term for this is called etymology It s arranged in alphabetical order and there are cross references for related words In each entry the author talks about the different folk etymologies there are and which is the true origin if there s anyI found this book to be really interesting I haven t heard of most of these folk etymologies so they were all new to me I haven t really considered the origins of words before and as I read I was thinking we should have a competition to see who can make up the most plausible story for a certain word that we can draw at random and see who can come closest to the truth Disclaimer I was inspired by the book No More Naughty where to learn the meaning of words the children were asked to make up their own definitions first and vote for the most plausible sounding oneIf you re wondering about the origins of some of your favourite words or at least some theories about the origins of the word you should give this book a go It s a light hearted and readable book And since it s educational that s got to have some bonus pointsThis review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

summary Port Out Starboard Home

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. 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 colourful there is still great enjoyment to be gained from uinion s witty perceptive accounts and the reader feels satisfied that every entry has been researched rigorously and intelligently