Jun 24

korien_june24“Wait a second. You said we were going to visit Grandma, but this isn’t the way to her house. We’re going to the doctor, aren’t we? I’ve been shanghaied!”

“Shanghai” as a verb means “kidnap”. It came into use meaning to kidnap someone and force them to serve as a sailor on a ship. This happened a lot in the U.S. in the mid-1800s because there were not enough sailors. They weren’t actually kidnapped by being taken to Shanghai, but they may have been made to help sail ships to Shanghai for trade.



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