You are in my black books

What does "You are in my black books" mean?

Today it means: Bad behaviour noted, keep an eye on.

This saying refers to the Admiralty Black Book which dates from the 14th century and concerns the conduct and discipline onboard ship. Based on the Laws of Oleron, ships throughout Europe used the Black Book as a guide for punishments on a ship; some would appear extreme these days.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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