Friday, April 09, 2010

Repost Friday: Salty Language

This repost is from Thursday 24th May 2007. If you like it, you can check out more about my book Logomania that is on sale now. (talk about sneak advertising, huh?)

Logomania: Salty Language

The Star has published my latest Logomania column: Salty Language an article discussing origin and use of phrases such as To take something with a pinch of salt, To rub salt into the wound, To be worth one’s salt and more.
Comments, brickbats, comments on where to find better etymological sources etc welcome...

The guy on the far left is Ferdinand Magellan, the old salt who set off to sail around the world. He was the first person to lead an expedition sailing westward from Europe to Asia and to cross the Pacific Ocean but he died in the Philippines in 1521 but his crew made it back under the charge of Juan SebastiƔn Elcano, the man with the fancy feathery hat.

I like sailing but the idea of setting off across an unknown (and possibly unending!) ocean with just a packet of biscuits and a motley crew is not my cup of tea.

If you're interested in reading more than the Wikipedia articles linked to above, a good start is Eyewitness History.

PS The Magellan pic is an anonymous work of art from 16th or 17th century now part of The Mariner's Museum Collection, USA and the Elcano pic is a line drawing by J. Donon in 1854, now part of the Royal Spanish Navy collection (Historia de la Marina Real EspaƱola).

4 comments:

Anya said...

Heel erg interesant
je bent echt een boekenworm
(ik hoop dat je dat woord nog kent
het betekent dat je stapel bent op boeken ;)

Fijn weekend Ellen
knuffels voor iedereen

Kareltje =^.^=

Pam said...

We were just studying Magellen! He's definitely a character!
Thanks for the info on the book review. The last time I said a self published book needed an edit I got a nasty note saying I did not know how to review books.

I can relate to feeling poor. Both my washing machine and dishwasher stopped working this week. They were both only three years old. Thanks goodness for warranties!

Christine and FAZ said...

We live near the sea so we get lots of salty old sea dogs around us - they help catch the fish which we love to eat. FAZ

talkwiththepaws said...

Hmm.. this comment is off-topic for your post, but we wanted to stop by and thank you for looking over our post on the Naughty Kitty Club.
Munchkin say, "yes, a mistake--to have gotten caught."

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