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Speak Like a Pirate
« on: August 02, 2008, 04:10:15 AM »
A list of pirate terms, with thanks to
Aft - Short for "after." Toward the rear of the ship.
Ahoy - Used to hail a ship or a person or to attract attention.
Arr! / Argh / Arrgh! / Yarr! / Harr! etc. - A general piratical term - can be used with anything.
Avast! - Used as a command to stop or desist.
Aye - Yes. Aye, aye captain!
Belay - Used in the imperative as an order to stop. Belay there!
Bilge - That part of a ship's ll or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat, and on which she would rest if aground. Also - Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
Bilge Pump - A pump to draw the bilge water from the gold of a ship.
Bilge Water - Water which collects in the bilge or bottom of a ship or other vessel. It is often allowed to remain till it becomes very offensive.
Black Spotted - Similar to being black balled, it marks a pirate for death.
Blimey! - Used to express frustration.
Booty - Goods or property seized by force or piracy.
Buccaneer - A robber upon the sea; a pirate.
Bucko - A friend.
By the Powers! - an exclamation!
Careen - To lean (a ship) on one side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing.
Cat O’Nine - Tails An instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle used to flog offenders on the bare back.
Chantey, Shantey, Shanty - A song sung by sailors to the rhythm of their movements while working.
Chase - To engage in pursuit of quarry or the ship being pursued.
Clap of Thunder - A strong drink.
Corsair A pirate; one who cruises about without authorization from any government, to seize booty on sea or land.
Cutlass - A short heavy sword with a curved single-edged blade.
Dead men tell no tales - Phrase explaining why pirates leave no survivors.
Deadlights - Eyes.
Fiddlers Green - Heaven, where pirates go when they die.
Fore - Short for "forward". Toward the front end of the ship.
Gangway! - Used to clear a passage through a crowded area.
Gentlemen o' fortune - an embellished names for pirates.
Grog - An alcoholic liquor, especially rum diluted with water.
Hand - One who is part of a group or crew.
Hang the jib - To look ill-tempered or annoyed. To pout.
He’s gone to Davy Jones’s locker - He is dead. (Davy Jones's locker is also the bottom of the sea)
Heave To - To turn a sailing ship so that its bow heads into the wind and the ship lies motionless except for drifting, in order to meet a storm.
Hempen Halter - The hangman’s noose.
Hornswaggle - To cheat.
Jack - A flag or a sailor; showing how sailors would refer to their ship's colors as one of the crew
Jack Ketch - A public executioner or hangman. To Dance with Jack Ketch is to hang.
Jack o' Coins - The paymaster or Quartermaster.
Jack o' Cups - The First Mate.
Jack o' Staves - The First Lieutenant.
Jack o' Swords - The Bosun.
Jack Tar - A popular colloquial name for a sailor (also called Jack Afloat).
Jolly Roger - A black flag bearing a white skull and crossbones; indicates a pirate ship.
Keelhaul - To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side, used as a punishment.
Lad - A young man.
Landlubber or lubber - A person who lives and works on land or an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage.
Lass - A girl or young woman.
Letter of Marque - A license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation.
Lily-livered - faint of heart
Loaded to the Gunwales (gunnels) - drunk
Marooned - To put ashore on a deserted island or coast and intentionally abandon.
Mast - A tall vertical spar, sometimes sectioned, that rises from the keel or deck of a sailing vessel to support the sails and the standing and running rigging.
Matey - Sociable; friendly. A way to address another pirate you are familiar with.
Me - My. Me ship is the biggest brig in the port!
Me hearties - My Comrade; boon companion; good fellow; a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors. Captains often refer to their entire crew this way.
Messdeck lawyer - A know-it-all.
Mizzenmast - The hindmost mast of a three-masted vessel.
On the Account - Living the life of a pirate. If you are Going On The Account, you are becoming a pirate.
Overhaul - To gain upon in a chase; to overtake.
Pieces of Eight - An old Spanish silver coin.
Poop deck - The deck forming the roof of a poop or poop cabin, built on the upper deck and extending from the mizzenmast aft.
Port - A seaport or the left side of the ship when you are facing toward her prow.
Privateers - A ship privately owned and crewed but authorized by a government during wartime to attack and capture enemy vessels.
Prow - The "nose" of the ship.
Rigging - The arrangement of masts, spars, and sails on a sailing vessel.
Rope's end - A piece of rope; especially, one used as a lash in inflicting punishment.
Scallywag - A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.
Scurvy - Vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible. Ye Scurvy Dogs!
Scuttle - To cut or open a hole or holes in a ship's hull or to sink a ship by this means.
Shiver me timbers! - An expression of surprise.
Sink me! - An expression of surprise.
Smartly - Quickly.
Spars - A wooden or metal pole used to support sails and rigging.
Splice the Mainbrace! - To have a Drink, or perhaps several.
Sprogs - Raw, untrained recruits or children.
Squadron - a group of ten or fewer warships
Squiffy - A buffoon.
Starboard - The right side of the ship when you are facing toward her prow.
Sutler - A supplier.
Swab - A sailor, often a lout.
Swaggy – A prize ship that pirates intend to take.
Swashbucklin' – The lawless and carefree life of a pirate.
Sweet trade - the career of piracy
The Hulks - Old or dismasted ships, formerly used as prisons.
Three Sheets in the Wind - Casting out all three sails, causing the ship to shudder and stagger like a drunken sailor.
Titivate - To clean up or make shipshape.
Walk the plank - To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.
Weigh anchor - Heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing (can be used for to leave port).
Wench – A woman, though they might not appreciate being called this.You’ve been warned.
Wi' a wannion – With a curse or with a vengeance
Ye - You Ye be walking the plank!
Yo-ho-ho - Completely meaningless, but fun to say.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2014, 12:50:28 PM by Lord Palatine »


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