Why Do We Say 'Man Alive'?

27 September 2016, 16:31 | Updated: 27 September 2016, 16:41

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Mystery Hour Question

Where does the phrase 'man alive' come from?

Melvin, Ladbroke Grove


Name: Martin, Basingstoke

Qualification: His grandfather was in the navy for 20 years

Answer: It was a term used at sea. When encountering a shipwreck, sailors would shout it if they found someone alive.