Sabre Prattling: The Language of the Battlefield


Just Washed Ashore!

Author: Andrew Rigsby

ISBN-13 : 9781913894078 (Paperback)

Publication Date: 30th September 2022

RRP: £12.99

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Highlight of the Season in The Bookseller Non-fiction Buyer’s Guide-Autumn 2022 published 29th July 2022

The English language is liberally populated with idioms, similes and metaphors associated with firearms and conflict going back to the 14th Century. Today we use descriptive conversational terminology that can be directly attributed to weapons and the mechanics of war and their application, perhaps not always realising what we are actually referring to. This guide from former Royal Marine, Andrew Rigsby, explains all.

A non-fiction military history / word reference etymology containing 145 definitions and originations of phrases, idioms, metaphors and words associated with the battlefield and conflict, each one illustrated with a black and white historical image.


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“… Sabre Prattling is as informative as it is entertaining. A real gem of a book. You’ll find yourself learning things you will be dying to tell your friends but, when you do, be careful not to ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ or ‘go over the top’ lest it be ‘open season’ or you end up ‘facing the music’.

If language interests you, be you reader or writer, of if you simply enjoy reading interesting anecdotes, short lessons of history or unusual facts, this is a book for you. Read it, keep it on the bookshelf, delve into it and enjoy it. A great addition to any bookshelf.”

Matt Johnson, crime author and editorial expert at LoveReading

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About the Author

Andrew Rigsby

Additional information

Dimensions 198 × 129 mm


Publication Date



Beachy Books





BIC Subject Name

Military history, Language: history & general works, Usage & grammar guides, Language, Gift books, Writing & editing guides

BIC Subject Code


Rights Territory