‘Tell It To The Marines’ – how did it originate?


“A lot of people think that this was first said in the Second World War, but in fact it goes back long before that.

Sailors used to think that the marines were not worth anything at all and would believe anything told to them, and Sir Walter Scott first coined the phrase when he wrote ‘tell that to the marines, the sailors won’t believe it’.

Well, there you have it,…….. this was how the phrase came into being.The source is from ‘By Hook Or By Crook’. The co-authors are Tony Wootton and Gwen Zanzottera.

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