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I have exciting news to share. A KISS IN THE WIND, the second novel in my Romancing the Pirate series, is scheduled to be released March 26th with Carina Press. I’m so giddy, I’m shivering in my timbers! And so for the month of March, I thought I’d share some fun nautical and pirate-y posts leading up to my release.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “three sheets to the wind” and know it means to be very drunk. But did you know that this expression is seafaring in nature?
Yup—but its actual origin is likely not what you might think. You’re probably thinking cool— three sheets to the wind, like flapping sails. Typical landlubber faux pas. Sheets don’t refer to sails at all, but rather the ropes that hold the lower corners of the sails in place. If the sheets (ropes) are loose, then the sails will not be taut in the wind. They’ll flap. Flapping sails will cause a ship to stagger—much like a boozy, moon-eyed drunk.
If that isn’t fascinating enough, sailors used a scale to rate drunkenness. Because we all need to know our state of inebriation.
- One sheet = slightly buzzed
- Two sheets = in the cups drunk
- Three sheets = sloppy, can hardly stay erect drunk
- Four sheets = out cold
So the next time you’re throwing back the grog or wine, you can astound your mates with your amazing drinking knowledge. This has been a Public Service Announcement brought to you by MuseTracks’ rum-swilling pirate wench.
There are many expressions that came from sailors of long ago. Can you name one?