Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Page 126: Stories Biblical and nautical

On page 126 of The Billionth Monkey, Nicholas Young’s mention of Abraham “trying to find ten righteous dudes in Sodom” refers to the famous story of Sodom and Gomorrah as told in Genesis 18:16–33. You can read it online here.

Nicholas concludes the conversation by referring to being between the devil and the deep blue sea—an idiom that dates back at least to 1637. As with “the devil to pay” on page 106, proposed nautical origins of this phrase are dubious. The more parsimonious and generally accepted explanation is that the phrase simply refers to facing two options both of which are deadly. And it’s also a #DevilReference!

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