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Salty Dog Talk

The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

Salty Dog Talk by Bill Beavis and Richard McCloskey (Adlard Coles Nautical, 9781472907981, £8.99)

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A severe scolding or reprimand. The expression dates from the late 1660s; Jane Austin wrote: “I will give him such a dressing.” On ships the term dressing down means to dress or apply an oil preservative to the rigging. It was an unpleasant, sometimes dangerous job and might have been given in punishment.



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What has a head and a tail, but no body?


A man is headed to a mountain along with a lion, a goat and a basket of vegetables. On the way, he needs to cross a river and the boat can only carry two things at a time. If he takes the vegetables, the lion will eat the goat. If he takes the lion, the goat will eat the vegetables. How does he cross the river?



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Anagrams: almanac, Atlantic Ocean, admiral
Riddle: Coin
Brainteaser: Trip 1: He takes the goat with him, leaving the lion and the vegetables behind. On reaching the other riverbank, he drops off the goat. Trip 2: He then comes back for the lion, leaving the vegetables behind. On reaching the bank this time, he drops the lion, and again takes the goat along. Trip 3: He drops off the goat again and takes the vegetables with him to the other shore. Trip 4: Lastly, he comes back alone for the goat.
Anchorage: Largs Yacht Haven