The Sailor's Word-Book

An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms, including Some More Especially Military and Scientific, but Useful to Seamen; as well as Archaisms of Early Voyagers, etc.

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Author: W.H. Smyth
Published: 1867
Language: English
Wordcount: 330,783 / 1031 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37
LoC Categories: V, AG
Downloads: 3,153
Added to site: 2008.07.08
mnybks.net#: 21464
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nautical, Reference
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ull of initiative training. Indeed they may all be advantageously consulted, for honey is not the less sweet because it is gathered from many flowers; and I have freely availed myself of their various works, as far as they go, though I have adopted no term without holding myself responsible for its actuality. Such a vaunt may be considered to savour of the parturiunt montes apothegm, but the reader may confidently rest assured that whatever shortcomings he may detect they are not the result of negligence.

It has been pronounced that such lexicography may be too diffuse; that to describe the track of every particular rope through its different channels, however requisite for seamen, would be useless and unintelligible to a landsman. But surely nothing can be considered useless which tends directly to information, nor can that be unintelligible which is clearly defined. Moreover, such a work may be so carried out as not only to be instructive in professional minutiæ, but also to be a vehic

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2012.03.10
Adele
*****

Another excellent slang book within abundance of fantastic antiquated words I'll probably end up using now.


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