By Jack Lagan

A, B, Sea is an unique, entire advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's thesaurus of nautical phrases contains definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment variation contains many new entries, a few merely from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for severe sailors. choked with useful recommendation, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated by way of passages from vintage books of the ocean, others by means of the author's stories aboard an American schooner with a ecu engine and bins of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and exciting dictionary contain:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you might want to vote for the latter whenever. the U.S. Coast shield definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...

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This is happening right now in the burgeoning world of computers and the Internet. As personal computers and the World Wide Web become increasingly influential in economic and social spheres, the language spills over into everyday parlance; people “download” ringtones for their “user-friendly” cell phones, which they use to “network” socially. The influence of the jargon of the sea on the world’s most important and adaptable language—pardonnez-moi, mes amis français—is hitherto unparalleled. Life in seagoing nations has over centuries led to the absorption of hundreds of borrowed expressions whose users are mainly clueless as to their origin.

An anchor is a forged piece of iron, admirably adapted to its end, and in technical language is an instrument wrought into perfection by ages of experience, a flawless thing for its purpose. An anchor of yesterday (because nowadays there are contrivances like mushrooms and things like claws, of no particular expression or shape—just hooks)—an anchor of yesterday is in its way a most efficient instrument. To its perfection its size bears witness, for there is no other appliance so small for the great work it has to do.

Weed also; but at your peril. This is the traditional or “old-fashioned” anchor and more likely to be found in a bar or at the marina gate than in a boat these days. They are seen a lot in developing countries because the patent rights have expired—if they ever existed. The Fisherman lives to haunt us on woolly hats, mugs, and jumpers. Northill Hooking Rock, coral, clay or hard mud. The Northill looks a little like the Fisherman, but has one marked difference in that the stock is located at the crown, at right-angles to the flukes.

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