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Chapman The Sailor's Lexicon:
The Classic Source for More Than 15,000 Nautical Terms

by Admiral W. H. Smyth

ISBN 1588162818 / 9781588162816 / 1-58816-281-8
Publisher Hearst
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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First published in 1867, this classic digest is still used by the foremost writers of both maritime non-fiction and fiction, and served as the major reference for Patrick O'Brian (Master and Commander). It includes 15,000 entries in dictionary form that constitute an encyclopaedic collection of nautical words and phrases. Some of these remain common; others appear in contemporary literature, if not lingo. From "afforciament" (an antiquated term for a fortress) through "zopissa" (tar or pitch scraped off the bottoms of old vessels), and encompassing every aspect of ships and the sea, this compilation is more than a fascinating period piece; it is an invaluable tool for anyone with an enthusiasm for maritime life or an interest in the etymology of the English language.
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