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May 22nd is National Maritime Day

May 22, 2016 11:30AM ● Published by Gene Kirschbaum

Here's Horatio Hornbeaver observing National Maritime Day.  As it turns out, sailors are responsible for a sizable number of our words and phrases, including:

  • A shot across the bow
  • Batten down the hatches
  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • Broad in the beam
  • By and large
  • Close quarters
  • Cut and run
  • Give a wide berth
  • Hand over fist
  • Hard and fast
  • High and dry
  • Know the ropes
  • Loose cannon
  • Shipshape
  • Shake a leg
  • Slush fund
  • Taken aback
  • Tell it to the marines
  • The bitter end
  • The cut of your jib
  • Touch and go
  • Above board
  • Act of grace
  • As the crow flies
  • Lower the boom
  • Bunker down
  • No room to swing a cat
  • Grog & groggy
  • Clean bill of health
  • Clean slate
  • Dead Ahead
  • Devil to pay
  • Distinguishing mark
  • Dressing down
  • Fair winds and following seas
  • Fend off
  • First rate
  • Fly by night
  • Footloose
  • Jury rig
  • Kissing the gunner's daughter
  • Laid up
  • Old salt
  • Salty dog
  • Over the barrel
  • Pipe down
  • Poop
  • Scuttlebutt
  • Three sheets to the wind
  • Square meal
  • Squared away
  • Toe the line
  • Touch and go
  • Under the weather
  • Swear like a sailor (Indeed, sailors are renown for their salty language, so there are a number of maritime vocabulary words that grade school teachers give a wide berth to and by and large, those nautical terms don't show up on your typical 3rd grade spelling quiz, lest their parents are taken aback.)    

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