Nautical Trivia by “Fonz”

Keep Your Shirt On

Shirts in the earlier days were rather expensive, so when a man was thinking of fighting someone he would take off his shirt. So if you had a grievance with a person and he began to take off his shirt (“keep your shirt on”in other words, I don’t want to fight with you.)

In their heyday, a thousand years ago, it was customary among Viking raiders to go into battle bare chested. The terror these marauders struck in many parts of the known world is legendary. It is fitting that we should make reference to their notoriety in the phrase “keep your shirt on.”

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