The origins of a remarkable number of everyday words and phrases are anchored in our seafaring past. Three Sheets to the Wind is an entertaining compilation revealing the maritime roots of common English expressions.
Cynthia Barrett is a senior editor at Metro Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Company. She is an avid sailor and has a long family history near the sea. Her great-grandfather, George Washington Barrett, was a whaler out of Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, and as such he sailed around Cape Horn three times. In the Civil War he served as Commanding Officer of the USS Whitehead during the Battle of Albemarle Sound. Her father was a lieutenant in the Navy and was in the D-Day invasion of France. She lives in New York City.