27 Sept 2007

Thursday Thirteen 25

Thirteen Things about Pirate Slang
How to understand a pirate if you ever come across one! well you never know. This was of course inspired by "speak like a pirate day" last week and when i posted the first half of this last week, in my research to translate the slang to normal speak i was struck by the similarity with British Slang. Twas I the descendant of a ye Pirate?

1.Shiver me timbers! An expression of surprise or strong emotion to be shouted LOUD!
2.Poop deck. Not a deck you poop on (yes somebody suggested that!) it is in fact the highest deck at the aft end of a large ship.
3.Grog. Generically, any alcoholic drink. Specifically, rum diluted with water to make it go farther. Don't put water in my GROG!
4.No quarter! Surrender will not be accepted.
5.Addled. Mad, insane, or just stupid. I use this one all the time to describe myself.
6.Bilge! Nonsense, or foolish talk.
7.Splice the mainbrace. To have a drink. Or, perhaps, several drinks.
8. Dead men tell no tales. Standard pirate excuse for leaving no survivors (you have been warned)
9. Jack Ketch. The hangman. To dance with Jack Ketch is to hang.
10.Shanty. Another spelling for "chantey" - a sea song.

Whiskey-o, Johnny-o
John rise her up from down below
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey-o
Up aloft this yard must go
John rise her up from down below

11.Kiss the gunner's daughter. A punishment: to be bent over one of the ship's guns and flogged (sounds kinky to me!)
12.Blimey! An exclamation of surprise. I use this one too and the cockneys love it.
13.Davy Jones' locker. The bottom of the sea.

So next time you meet a pirate or watch Pirates of the Caribbean you will be more informed! till next year for more pirate talk me hearties!

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  1. I could go for a "grog" right about now! Great TT! Mine is up!

  2. Very useful in case I ever meet Johnny Depp in his Jack Sparrow garb. :)

  3. Yup UK English and our slang is loaded to the gills with nautical references. I wouldn't recomend Kiss the gunner's daughter as if you've seen the lash they used on naval ships it a seriously nasty instrument that could kill if used to excess.

    Great list :-)

  4. Ok, I will be back later and study this stuff, too knackered now

  5. I say Blimey too!

    I think splicing the mainbrace referred to the rum ration that sailors in the Royal Navy used to get every day, until some killjoy abolised it in the 1970s.

  6. Yay, the answers! Thanks!

    Happy TT!

  7. Another great one! I learned a lot again! Jack Sparrow, here I come!! :-)
    My TT shows my Tinkerbell collection.

  8. Twas I the descendant of a ye Pirate? You bet matey......... Well, Shiver me timbers! Off to the Poop Deck and Splice the mainbrace of Grog. Blimey! You are Addled, full of Bilge!, yelling a Shanty, Shiver me timbers! Ye’ll get No quarter! Dead men tell no tales, off to Kiss the gunner's daughter, ol Jack Ketch will be sending you to Davy Jones' locker.

  9. Well, I see you apparently got Sarge Charlie all wired up for sound there, didn't ye?

    Loved the sea chanty though - really cute, Now how about a recording - you singing it so we can learn the melody as well as the words or do we have to improvise on that part?

  10. well blimey red, that explains a lot! you little twanger!

    smiles, bee

  11. LOL...great list!! I love pirates...especially Captain Jack Sparrow:) Happy TT.

  12. didn't the origin of the poop deck actually come from "poop"
    as in it was the high deck that stuck out off the ship, so you could pull a Kai and stick your thang over the rail and have a go?

  13. the idea of Poop Deck will probably always make me think of Cub Scout Camp. It was featured in a skit the Scouts did and the way they pulled it off was really fresh and fun.

  14. Arrrgh! I used several of those the other day.

  15. A happy TT to you :-)

  16. Bwahahahah at what Mo said. Sarge Charlie made me laugh too. Great one Claire. Have a great TT. :)

  17. What's a Kai? 'Cause we all know a Kai and I'd hate for you to poop on her!