Origin of the Species

A few months ago I wrote an article about the origin of several phrases in the English language, and I was flattered by the positive response I received. After a little research and a few suggestions from my good friend Peter, I offer several more astonishing origins.

The word posh, has come to mean people who are well off and perhaps even a bit arrogant. The word itself is an acronym for the cabin arrangements on board the P&O liners which sailed to the Far East. To avoid the afternoon sun in the Red Sea, the preferred cabins (for those who could afford them), were on the port side when going out and on the starboard side when returning, or coming home, hence the term Port Out Starboard Home (POSH).