Date: 2011-08-12 03:40 am (UTC)
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)
From: [personal profile] matgb
K, I was clicking links, and this actually interests me from a different angle.

Ages ago, I read an article talking about various sayings with a nautical origin. Unfortunately I don't know where it was, if it wa sonline or in print, and have never found it again. However, I do recall one thing.

"Son of a gun" refers to a child born on ship, during battle. The article made it clear that women on board ship was fairly common, and not just as prostitutes but as serving ratings. Majority male, yes, but not exclusively.

I always mean to do a lot more digging on it, but never have got around to it. The Wiki article is, well, unsatisfying, as is the Snopes.
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