Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 20:37:40 -0700
From: "Johanna L. Wood"
Subject: Re: Swallows & Amazons (for ever)

> 1. What does the expression "swallows and amazons (for ever)" mean? I
> came across the term in a COBUILD dictionary, but I failed to catch
> its meaning. Can anyone help?

"Swallows and Amazons" is the title of a 1930 children's book by Arthur
Ransome (1884-1967). Two families, the Walkers (Swallows) and Blacketts
(Amazons) have adventures, the exact nature of which escape me now, but
boats are involved. "Swallows and Amazons for ever" as I recall is a
sort of solidarity cry -- our families will endure -- though I haven't
heard it used outside the context of the book.

Johanna L. Wood
Department of English
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302