Friday, March 14, 2008

Hello Sailor

That piece about codling moths reminded me of the origin of this phrase.
Apparently we have Napoleon Bonaparte to thank.
Everything was ready for the invasion of England. He stood at the water's edge staring across the Channel, all his ships were primed, manned and ready, the wind had dropped, the sea calm, the tide favourable. He turned to his aide and gave the order:
A l'eau, c'est l'heure!

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