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God Emperor Akhenaton
God Emperor Akhenaton
God Emperor Akhenaton
No. A gun shouldn't be used unless it is defensive. Keeping your daughter's cherry untouched isn't a danger.
I remember you! in that one thread, people kept talking about Castle doctrine, and you kept saying "Not in my state"
and then, when I went looking up Castle Doctrine, to show you how many other states it did apply to, I found a nasty little surprise that made me have to delete my whole "maybe not in your state, but in this list of other states, it is the law" post, because that list included your state on it.
you still get into self defense threads after that whole mess?
Is that a problem?
no, just marveling about how you could be so wrong, and yet you keep on keeping on.
as I recall, you never responded to me when I schooled you on your own state's laws, so it's surprising to me that you are still posting on the subject of personal defense.
Fifteen men on a dead cack-handed deck ape's chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
We wrapped 'em all in a mains'l tight
With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight
And we heaved 'em over and out of sight,
With a Yo-Heave-Ho! and a fare-ye-well
And a sudden plunge in the sullen swell
Ten fathoms deep on the road to Davy Jones's locker,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Shiver me timbers! Yar! Grab me booty! Walk tha' plank! Batten down tha hatches. Swab tha deck! Get Buried treasure! You are a PIRATE! Where's me parrot? Ye scallywags!Percack-handed deck apeent! All hands on ME! Arrr matey! Yo ho and Avast!
Ahoy, Aye, Booty, Black Spot, Jolly Roger, Landlubber, Matey
Parley, Pirate, Shiver me timbers, Walk the plank, Parrot, Helm, Bow
pirate wench ahoy matey jolly roger davy jones booty shiver me timbers scurvy
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! - exhortation of discontent or disgust
Ahoy! - Hello!
Ahoy, Matey - Hello, my friend!
Ahoy, ye Hearties! - the same as saying "Hello, my friends!"
All hand hoay! - comparable to all hands on deck
Avast ye - avast ye! and check this out or pay attention
Aye - yes
Batten down the hatches - put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing
Bilge-sucking - insult
Blimey! - exhortation of surprise
Blow me down! - expression of shock of disbelief akin to "Holy Crap!"
Blow the cack-handed deck ape down - command to kill someone
Booty - treasure
Buccaneer - a pirate
Bucko - a buccaneer
Cat O'Nine Tails - a whip with nine strands
Corsair - pirates in the Mediterranean Sea
Crow's nest - small platform atop the mast where the lookout stands
Cutlass - short heavy curved bladed sword used by pirates
Davy Jones' Locker - fabled, mythical place at the bottom of the ocean where the evil spirit of Davy Jones brings sailor and pirates to die
Dead men tell no tales - phrase indicating to leave no survivors
Doubloons - other coins or found in pirate hoards and stashes
Feed the fish - will soon die
Hang 'im from the yardarm - punishment of those captured in battle
Head - the pirate ship's toilet
Heave Ho - give it some muscle and push it
Hempen Halter - a noose for hanging
Hornswaggle - to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings
Jacob's Ladder - the rope ladder one uses to climb aboard a sloop
Jolly Roger - pirate's flag including white skull and crossbones over a black field
Keelhaul - punishment in which a person where dragged underneath the pirate ship from side to side and was lacerated by the barnacles on the vessel
Lad, lass, lassie - a younger person
Landlubber - big, slow clumsy person who doesn't know how to sail
Letters of Marque - letters issue from governments during wartime to privateers endorsing the piracy of another vessel
Man-O-War - pirate's ship outfitted for battle
Me - my
Mizzen - third mast from the bow of the ship on ships that have three or more masts
Old Salt - an experienced sailor
Pieces of eight - coins or found in pirate stashes
Pillage - rob, sack or plunder
Poop deck - the part of the ship farthest to the back, which is usually above the captain's quarters. This is not the bathroom.
Privateer - government-sponsored pirates
Rum - pirate's traditional alcoholic beverage
Run a shot across the bow - warning shot to another vessel's captain
Savvy? - do ye understand and do ye agree?
Scallywag - mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue
Scurvy dog - the pirate is talking directly to ye with mild insult
Scuttle - to sink a ship
Seadog - old pirate or sailor
Shark bait - will soon join Davy Jones' Locker
Shipshape - cleaned up and under control
Shiver me timbers! - comparable to "Holy Crap!"
Son of a Biscuit Eater - insult directed towards someone ye don't like
Thar she blows! - Whale sighting
Three sheets to the wind - someone who is very drunk. One sheet is mildly three sheets to the wind and four sheets is passed out.
Walk the plank - punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones' Locker.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! - pull up the anchor and the sail and let's get going
Ye - you
Yo Ho Ho - cheerful exhortation to demand attention
Shiver me timbers
walk the plank
Davy Jones' Locker
Shiver me timbers
walk the plank
Davy Jones' Locker
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
Percack-handed deck apeent?ahoy
davy jone's locker
yo ho ho
walk the plank
shiver me timbers
swab the deck
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot
Drink up me hearties, yo ho
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot
Drink up me hearties, yo ho
Shiver me timbers
walk the plank
Davy Jones' Locker
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
Percack-handed deck apeent?ahoy
davy jone's locker
yo ho ho
walk the plank
shiver me timbers
swab the deck
Aft – The back of the ship.
Ahoy! – ‘Hello’
Arr – Yes/That’s great/I agree
Aye – ‘Yes, definitely.’
Aye Aye – ‘Of course, I’ll do that now.’
Barbary Coast – Mediterranean coast off of North Africa.
Be – Use instead of ‘am’, ‘are’ or ‘is’.
Bilboes – Leg irons attached to the deck of a ship.
Bilge – The dirtiest, smelliest and lowest part of a ship.
Bilge rat – A rat that lives in the dirtiest, smelliest and lowest part of a ship. This is not a nice name to call somebody.
Black Spotted – A person/animal that has had a curse put on them.
Blimey – ‘Wow.’
Booty – Riches that have usually been stolen.
Bounty – A reward, usually paid by the Government for the capture of a criminal.
Buccanneer – Pirates, usually from Hispaniola, who attacked Spanish ships in the Caribbean.
Bucko – Friend
Careen – To clean the hull of a ship.
Cat’o’nine tails – A whip made up of nine knotted ropes and used as punishment.
Convoy – A group of ships traveling together.
Corsair – Pirates in the Mediterranean.
Crow’s Nest – A lookout point at the top of the highest mast of a ship.
Cutlass – A curved sword, often used by sailors.
Davy Jones Locker – The bottom of the ocean.
Deck – The highest floor on a ship.
Deckhand – A person working on a ship, sometimes shortened to ‘hand’.
Dubloon – An old Spainish gold coin.
Fair Winds – ‘Good Luck.’
Flog – To whip.
Fore – Short for ‘forward’.
Galleon – A large, squarish ship used in war or to carry cargo.
Gangway – ‘Clear a path.’
Grog – Rum mixed with water or any kind of alcohol.
Grub – Food
Hands – Crewmen.
Haven – A safe place.
Heave to – To change the direction of the ship so it is facing forwards into the wind.
Hold – The space in a ship where cargo or prisoners were kept.
Hornpipe – A dance or a single reeded musical instrument.
Hornswaggle – To cheat.
Hornswaggler – A person who cheats.
Hulk – The old, dismantled body of a ship, sometimes used as prisons.
Hull – The body of a ship, not including the masts and rigging.
Jack Tar – Sailor
Jolly Roger – The pirate flag - a white skull and crossbones on a black background.
Keel – The main framework of a ship that runs from the front to the back at the bottom of the ship.
Keelhaul – To pull somebody under the keel of a ship. Done by using ropes and often as a form of punishment.
Lad – Young man.
Land ahoy! – ‘I see land.’
Land lubber or lubber – A person who likes being on land, often used as an insult.
Lass – Young woman.
Leg Irons – Wide rings of metal that were attached to each other and fastened around prisoner’s ankles.
Loot – Gold and riches usually stolen.
Lubber or land lubber – A person who likes being on land, often used as an insult.
Marooned – Left alone, usually on a deserted island.
Mast – The upright pole on a ship that the sails and ropes are attached to.
Mate or Matey – Friend
Me – Used instead of ‘my’.
Me beauty – How ye would address a pretty lady or something important to you.
Me hearties – Friends
Merchant Ship – A ship carrying cargo to be sold.
Mutiny – When a ship’s crew refuse to follow the captain’s orders.
New World - America
Peg leg – An artificial leg, usually wooden.
Pieces of Eight – An old Spanish silver coin.
Pirate – A ‘robber of the sea’.
Plunder – To steal.
Poop deck – The floor that is also the roof of a cabin built on the upper deck.
Poop cabin – A room built on the top deck of a ship, often the Captain’s.
Port – The left side when facing the ship’s pointy end, also a strong alcoholic drink, and the area of land next to where ships are left when the pirates go ashore.
Privater – English, French or Dutch sailors allowed by their Government to attack enemy ships.
Prow – The pointy end of a ship.
Quartermaster – The sailor second-in-charge to the Captain.
Rigging – The ropes, mast and sails on a ship.
Salt or Old Salt – Somebody who has been a sailor for a long time.
Sea dog – Somebody who has been a sailor for a long time.
Scurvy – A disease many sailors got because they didn’t eat enough vitamin C.
Scuttle – To make a hole in a ship’s hull or to sink the ship.
Shanty – A seafaring song.
Shipshape – To be neat and tidy.
Shiver me timbers – ‘What a surprise.’
Sink me – ‘What a surprise.’
Smartly – Quickly
Starboard – The right side of the ship (if ye are facing the pointed end).
Swab – To clean something or a name for somebody ye don’t like very much.
Swag – Gold and riches.
To be three sheets to the wind – To have three sheets to the wind too much alcohol.
Titivate – To clean up and make neat.
Walk the plank – To be forced to walk along and off the end of a plank that has been placed over the side of a ship.
Weevil – A kind of beetle that can eat your food before ye do.
Weigh anchor – To lift the anchor and be ready to sail.
Ye – Used instead of ‘you’.
Yer – Used instead of ‘your’.
Mad, insane, or just stupid. An "addlepate" is a fool.
Aft Short for "after." Toward the rear of the ship.
Avast! Hey! Could also be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"
Begad! By God!
Belay Avast Ye! that. "Belay that talk!" would mean "Shut up!"
Bilge! Nonsense, or foolish talk. The bilges of a ship are the lowest parts, inside the hull along the keel. They fill with stinking bilgewater—or just "bilge."
Bilge-sucking A very uncomplimentary adjective.
Black Spot To "place the Black Spot" on another pirate is to sentence him to death, to warn him he is marked for death, or sometimes just to accuse him of a serious crime before other pirates.
Blaggard Blackguard. An insult.
Blimey! An exclamation of surprise.
Bosun Boatswain, a petty officer.
Bucko Familiar term. "Me bucko" = "my friend."
Cap'n Short for "captain."
Cat o'nine tails A whip with many lashes, used for flogging. "A taste of the cat" might refer to a full flogging, or just a single blow to "smarten up" a recalcitrant hand.
Chantey A sailor's work song. Also spelled "shantey" or "shanty."
Corsair A more romantic term for pirate. But still a pirate.
Davy Jones' locker The bottom of the sea.
Deadlights Eyes. "Use yer deadlights, matey!"
Dead men tell no tales Standard pirate excuse for leaving no survivors.
Dog A mild insult, perhaps even a friendly one.
Doubloon A Spanish gold coin. At different times, it was worth either 4 or 16 silver pesos, or "pieces of eight."
Fair winds! Goodbye, good luck!
Feed the fish What ye do when ye are thrown into the sea, dead or alive.
Gangway! "Get out of my way!"
Godspeed! Goodbye, good luck!
Fore, or forrard Toward the front end of the ship.
Flogging Punishment by caning, or by whipping with the cat.
Hands The crew of a ship; sailors.
Handsomely Quickly. "Handsomely now, men!" = "Hurry up!"
Jack Ketch The hangman. To dance with Jack Ketch is to hang.
Jollyboat A small but happy craft, perhaps even one which is a little dinghy.
Jolly Roger The pirates' skull-and-crossbones flag. It was an invitation to surrender, with the implication that those who surrendered would be treated well. A red flag indicated "no quarter."
Keelhaul Punishment by dragging under the ship, from one side to the other. The victim of a keelhauling would be half-drowned, or worse, and lacerated by the barnacles that grew beneath the ship.
Kiss the gunner's daughter A punishment: to be bent over one of the ship's guns and flogged.
Lad, lass, lassie A way to address someone younger than you.
Landlubber or just lubber A non-sailor.
Lights Lungs. A pirate might threaten to "have someone's lights and liver."
Line A rope in use as part of the ship's rigging, or as a towing line. When a rope is just coiled up on deck, not yet being used for anything, it's all right to call it a rope.
Lookout Someone posted to keep watch on the horizon for other ships or signs of land.
Maroon A common punishment for violation of a pirate ship's articles, or offending her crew. The victim was left on a deserted coast (or, island) with few supplies. That way, no one could say that the unlucky pirate had actually been killed by his former brethren.
Me A piratical way to say "my."
Me hearties Typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew.
Matey A piratical way to address someone in a cheerful, if not necessarily friendly, fashion.
No quarter! Surrender will not be accepted.
Piece of eight A Spanish silver coin worth one peso or 8 reales. It was sometimes literally cut into eight pieces, each worth one real.
Pillage To raid, rob, and sack a target ashore.
Pirate A seagoing robber and murderer. Contrast with privateer.
Poop deck The highest deck at the aft end of a large ship. Smaller ships don't have a poop; the highest part aft is the quarterdeck.
Poxy, poxed Diseased. Used as an insult.
Rope's end Another term for flogging. "Ye'll meet the rope's end for that, me bucko!"
Rum (noun) Traditional pirate drink.
Rum (adjective) Strange or odd. A "rum fellow" is a peculiar person, the sort who won't say "Arrrr!" on Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Sail ho! "I see a ship!" The sail, of course, is the first part of a ship visible over the horizon.
Salt, old salt An experienced seaman.
Scurvy (1) A deficiency disease caused by lack of vitamin C, often afflicting sailors;
(2) A derogatory adjective for an epithet, as in "Ye scurvy dogs!"
Sea dog An experienced seaman.
Shanty Another spelling for "chantey" - a sea song.
Shark bait (1) Your foes, who are about to feed the fish (q.v.).
(2) A worthless or lazy sailor; a lubber who is no use aboard ship.
Shiver me timbers! An expression of surprise or strong emotion.
Sink me! An expression of surprise.
Smartly Quickly. "Smartly there, men!" = "Hurry up!"
Splice the mainbrace To have a drink. Or, perhaps, several drinks.
Spyglass A telescope.
Starboard The right side of the ship when ye are facing toward her prow.
Sutler A merchant in port, selling what a ship needed for supplies and repairs.
Swab (noun) A disrespectful term for a seaman. "Man that gun, ye cowardly swabs!"
Swab (verb) To clean something. "Swabbing the decks" would be a mild penalty for a disobedient pirate.
Wench An individual of the female persuasion. "Saucy" is a good adjective to add to this, and if ye can get away with "Me proud beauty,” more power to ye!
Thar be a bunch o’ words an’ sayin’s used by salty old sea dogs that don’t make much sense to a landsman, so here’s a few of ‘em to help yer get yer sea legs.
ABBEY LUBBER : A loiterer that could work but will not.
ABEAM : The direction at right angles to the hull. To either side of the ship
ABLE SEAMAN : A skilled sailor
ABRAHAM MEN : Vagabonds that beg by pretendin’ to ‘ave been discharged with no money from ships.
ADDLE : Putrid water in the water barrels.
ADRIFT : Floating about out of control.
ADVENTURE : An enterprise in which something is risked or left to chance.
AFEARD : A common way of saying afraid.
AFT. or Abaft : The direction towards the stern of the ship. That’s the “back” for land-lubbers.
AHOY : A shout used to get someone’s attention.
ALOFT : The top part of the masts and rigging.
AMBUSH : Hiding so as to attack without warnin’.
ARRR : A multipurpose mostly positive exclamation not to be confused with ARRRGH which is usually negative.
ARTHUR : A well known sea game.
ARTICLES : A set of rules which govern pirate’s behaviour on a vessel.
A SHORT DROP AND A QUICK STOP : A reference to hanging.
AURORA : The faint light seen before sunrise.
AVAST : Stop, hold, cease or desist. AVAST YE SCURVY DOGS : Avast Ye! that now or there’ll be trouble.
AYE : A way of sayin’ yes. AYE AYE : A way of sayin’ aye to someone that’s a bit deaf.
BACK-O’-BEYOND : A long way from anywhere. Usually where ye don’t want t’ be
BACK-STAFF : A tool the navigator uses to work out how high the sun is in the sky. Helps ‘im work out where we are, while everybody else is scratching their heads.
BALLAST : Heavy stuff in the hold of the ship to keep her steady.
BARKING IRONS : Large duelling pistols.
BARNACLE : A type of shell fish that sticks to the bottom of the ship's hull. If too many get attached they’ll slow the ship down so they need to be scraped off regularly.
BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES : Means cover the hatches to the lower decks with canvas during a storm to avast ye! water from getting belowdecks.
BEATING : Sailin’ towards the wind in a zig zag line.
BEATING THE BOOBY : Slapping of hands around your arms to warm your self up on a cold watch.
BECALMED : Not able to sail because thar is no wind.
BEFORE THE MAST : The station of a sailor that is not an officer.
BELAY : To secure, tie up or make fast, often another way of sayin’ stop.
BELAYING PIN : A wooden rod sitting in a hole on the rail that a rope can be tied to temporarily. A useful improvised weapon aboard a sailing ship because they’re everywhere and just right for a club.
BELL : Every half hour of a four hour watch the ship’s bell is rung to show how many half hours have passed. If an hour has past it would be rung twice and we would say the time was “two bells” of that watch.
BILBOES : A method of securing captives by means of a metal bar to which shackles be fixed. This is what we means when we say “Clap him in irons.”
BILGE : The lowest part of the ship. Wet, musty and full of rats.
BLACK JACK : Another name for a pirate flag.
BLACK SPOT : A black mark on a piece of paper that means “We’re going to get ya” or somethin’ like that.
BLEEDING THE MONKEY : Stealin’ the grog.
BLETHERING : Talking nonsense.
BLOODY FLAG : A red flag we use to say ”We’re goin’ to kill the lot of yer.”
BLOW THE GAFF : Givin’ away a secret or informin’.
BLUNDERBUSS : A short fire arm with a wide mouth that scatters musket balls over a wide area.
BOSUN (also Boatswain) : An officer on the ship who is in charge of the ship’s rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew.
BOOM : A long spar extending from the mast to extend the foot of a sail. Also the sound a cannon makes when fired at the enemy.
BOOTY : That be booty to ye or me.
BOREAS : A name for the North wind.
BOW : The front of the ship or boat.
BOW CHASERS : A pair of guns mounted in the bow to fire directly ahead.
BOWSPRIT : The slanted spar that sticks out over the bow of the ship and is used to support the fore-mast and spread the fore stay sail.
BRIGANTINE or Brig : A two-masted ship, square-rigged on both masts.
BROAD ARROW : The British royal mark for government stores.
BROADSIDE : Side by side with another ship, a good place to be if ye have more guns than them, a very bad place to be if they have more than you. A “Broadside" has come to mean firing all the cannon on one side of one ship into the side of another.
BUCCANEER : A pirate, especially one that preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
BULLYRAG : Insulting in a noisy threatening way.
BURGOO : A dish made of boiled oat-meal seasoned with salt, butter and sugar.
BUTTER FINGERED : Careless, clumsy and likely to drop things.
BY THE WIND : Sailin’ in the same direction as the wind’s blowin’.
CABIN : What land-lubber would call a “room” on a ship.
CABLE : A heavy rope or chain often used for mooring or anchoring a ship.
CABLE’S LENGTH : A measure of about 100 fathoms and used to estimate the distances of ships in a fleet.
CACKLE FRUIT : Hen’s eggs
CAESAR’S PENNY : The tip given by a recruiting sergeant. Taking this money meant ye had received your first payment and therefor were recruited into service and could not refuse.
CALALOO : A dish of fish and vegetables.
CANISTER SHOT or Case shot : A package of small iron balls loaded into a gun to be used against sailors without causing too much damage to the ship.
CANVAS : A cloth made from hemp and used for the sails. A ship in motion by her sails is said to be “Under canvas.”
CAPTAIN or Cap’n : The master of the ship. A pirate captain was voted into command by the crew and had absolute authority in battle and ruled by consent at other times, assisted by the Quartermaster.
CAPSTAN : A winch used for hauling heavy weights like the anchor. A vertical cylinder with handles that is rotated manually by several of the crew and around which a cable is wound.
CARDINAL POINTS : The general name for the north, east, south and west points on the horizon.
CAREENING : Taking the ship into shallow waters or out of the water altogether to scrape off barnacles, weed and all the other pesky stuff that likes to grow on the bottom of the hull. It’s a tough job but it has to be done if we want to keep the ship moving fast in the water.
CARPENTER : A skilled crew member in charge of repairing all wooden parts of a ship. As most of the ship is made of wood that makes him a very important person to have of board a pirate ship.
CASK : A barrel for liquid or solid provisions.
CAST-AWAY : Shipwrecked.
CAT O'NINE TAILS or Cat : A whip with nine lashes used for flogging, a punishment much used by the British Navy. Sometime made by untwisting a three strand rope and re-laying it into the nine strands.
CAULKING : Oakum or old rope jammed into cracks in the ships hull and treated with pitch to waterproof it.
CHAIN SHOT : Two cannonballs chained together and aimed high to cut the masts and rigging of a ship.
CHART or Sea chart : What some lubbers would call a map and not likely to be marked with an X that’s for sure.
CHASE GUN : A cannon mounted at the bow of the ship, used when chasing another ship.
CHIVEY : A knife.
CHOWDER : A stew of codfish, salt pork, biscuit and lots of pepper.
CHOWDER-HEADED or Chuckle-headed : Stupid or foolish.
CHRISTIAN : A Danish gold coin.
CLOSE-HAULED or Close to the wind : A ship sailing as much towards the wind as she can.
COCKED HAT : A three cornered hat with it’s brim turned up at the sides. Also called a Tricorne.
CODGER : An easy going but steady man, one that will not move faster than he pleases.
COD-LINE : A light line.
COLOURS : The flags or banners that mark ships of different nations. Pirates often flew false colours to get close to their targets before raising the black jack.
COMBING THE CAT : The Bosun running his fingers through the cat o'nine tails to separate them.
COMPASS : An instrument with a magnetic needle that points towards the North. It is marked with the cardinal points, north, east, south and west and then further divided into thirty two points in all. Modern compasses are divided into 360 points or degrees.
CONTRABAND : Cargo forbidden by law to be supplied to an enemy. A profitable trade for pirates.
COOPER : A skilled crew member in charge of making, repairing and taking apart barrels for storage.
CORDAGE : A general term for the running rigging of a ship and any rope kept in reserve.
CORSAIR : A pirate operating around the Mediterranean Sea.
COT : A wooden framed bed suspended from the beams of the ship for the officers. Slightly more comfortable than the hammocks used by the crew.
COXSWAIN or Coxson: The person who steers a ship's ship and is in charge of its crew.
CROW'S NEST : A small platform, near the top of a mast. A good place to watch out for other ships or land.
CUTLASS : A short sword used for fighting on board ships.
DANCE THE HEMPEN JIG : To be hanged. The fate waitin’ for many a pirate.
DAVY JONES : The dark spirit of the sea. DAVY JONES’S LOCKER : The bottom of the sea where nothing is lost because ye know where it is. Where everything thrown overboard ends up, including the bodies of sailors buried at sea.
DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES : A good reason for leavin’ no survivors.
DEAD RECKONING : Estimating a ship’s position by working out speed and direction of travel. Not as accurate as using astronomical methods.
DITTY BAG : A small duffle bag used by a crewman to store their personal equipment and belongings.
DITTY BOX : A small box or chest for holding a seaman’s valuables.
DOG’S BODY : Dried peas boiled in a cloth.
DOUBLE DUTCH : Gibberish or any unintelligible language.
DOUBLOON : A golden Spanish coin. Worth about seven week's pay to an average sailor.
DRAFT : The depth of a ship’s keel below the water line. The depth of water needed to float a vessel.
DUDS : Clothing, and not very good clothing at that.
EAGLE or Spread Eagle : A punishment where the offender is tied hand and foot to the rigging and left thar for a while.
St. ELMO’S FIRE : Electric light seen flickering about the masts, yard arms and rigging during a storm.
EYE OF THE WIND : Where the wind is blowing from.
FATHOM : The full reach of a cack-handed deck ape with arms extended. A measure of six feet used to mark the depth of water using a lead or sounding line.
FILIBUSTER : A Spanish word for pirate. Trust them to have a fancy word for it.
FORE : The direction towards the stem of the ship. For land-lubbers, that’s the “front”.
FORECASTLE : The part of the upper deck forward of the foremast. Often this was was a built up section where some of the crew is housed.
FOREMAST : The foremost mast of the ship.
FURL : To roll up and secure. Usually referring to the sails.
FUTTOCK : A curved timber that forms a rib in the frame of a ship. One o’ the bits yer trip over.
GALLEON : A large Spanish merchant ship. Often full o’ booty, sometimes loaded with cannons. A bit old fashioned by the 18th Century.
GANGPLANK : A removable board or ramp used to board a ship from a pier.
GANGWAY : A passage along either side of a ship's upper deck that should be kept clear to move on at all times. Shouting “Gangway” is a good way to tell people they are in your way.
GIBBET : Chains or cages in which the rotting corpses of hung pirates are displayed in order to discourage piracy.
GO ON ACCOUNT : A gentlemanly way of sayin’ “I’ve become a pirate.”
GRAPE or Grapeshot : Small balls of lead or iron fired in quantity from a cannon. Makes a mess of soft targets like sails or people without damaging the ship too much.
GRENADE : An iron pot with a fuze, filled with gunpowder. Thrown onto the enemies decks before boarding.
GROG : Rum, sometimes mixed with water. Feelin’ “Groggy” is what ‘appens when yer drinks too much of it.
GUN : A cannon, not to be confused with a pistol or a musket.
GUNWALE or Gunnel : Originally the upper plank on the hull, binding the frame together. A term often used for the side of the ship, as in “Throw that bilge rat over the gunwale.”
HAIL : To call another vessel, usually to ask where she comes from and where she’s going. A traditional pirate hail is “Hove-to or we’ll blow ye out of the water.”
HALYARD : A line used to hoist a sail, spar, or flag
HANDS : The crew of the ship.
HARDTACK or Sea biscuit : A hard biscuit made from flour and water baked solid so it can be stored for a long time. Often full o’ weevils an’ maggots. Better than eating bilge rats, but not by much.
HEAVE-TO or Hove-to : Slowing the ship down and fixing its course. Often called out as an order from one ship to another, demanding the other ship strike sails and avast ye! moving in order to be boarded.
HEMPEN HARNESS : The hangman’s noose.
HOGSHEAD : A large barrel holding about a hundred gallons used for the shipment of wines and spirits.
HOLYSTONE or Bible : A stone used for scouring the wooden decks of a ship. About the size of an old Bible and used by sailors on their knees, hence the name.
HOLD : The interior of the hull below the decks.
HOVE-TO : Avast Ye! a ship from moving in the water.
HULL : The body of the ship, the bit that floats on the water below the masts, rigging and sails.
IMPRESS : To force into service. If thar weren’t enough willing to join a crew, others were recruited by force. A method often used by the British Navy.
IRONS or Bilboes : Long bars on which shackles are fixed with a lock at the end. Used for holding the legs of prisoners for as long as ye need to.
JACK : The British Union flag but also Jack or Jack Tar are familiar terms for an ordinary sailor.
JIB : A triangular sail in the forward part of the ship's rig and in small craft like sloops it is attached to the bowsprit or the bow.
JOLLY ROGER : A pirate flag often black an’ showing the skull-and-crossbones. Hoisted aloft it says “You’d better surrender because we’ll be annoyed if ye don’t.” A red flag says "We’re annoyed now an’ we’re going to make ye walk the plank all."
JURY-RIGGED : A ship fitted with temporary rigging, masts or sails when accident or attack has damaged the proper rig.
KEEL : The lowest timber of the ship's frame, running from Stem to Stern.
KEEL-HAULING : A horrific punishment where the victim is dragged under the ship with ropes attached to the other side of the hull. Not only was thar a good chance of drowning but the barnacles and other encrustations on the hull would cause terrible abrasions as the victim was hauled under.
KNOT : A measure of the ship’s speed made by counting the knots on a log-line paid out to a float for thirty seconds. A ship travelling at 8 knots is moving 8 nautical miles an hour.
LADDER : What an land-lubber would call “stairs” between decks on a ship.
LANDSMAN : A new recruit that has never been to sea before.
LANYARD : A short rope or cord used for hanging or securing something.
LEAGUE : A distance of three nautical miles.
LETTER OF MARQUE : A document given to a captain allowing him to attack enemy ships under the authority of the crown, in return for a cut of the loot. It makes a pirate sort of legal if you’re on the right side.
LINE : What a Land Lubber would call “a rope” in use as part of the ship's rigging, or as a towing line.
LOADED TO THE GUNNELLS : Drunk as can be. Not fit to sail a ship that’s for sure.
LOG : A record of the ship's course, progress, and any events of navigational importance.
LOG-LINE : A knotted length of line with a piece of wood at the end which is thrown into the water to determine how many "knots" run out in thirty seconds. See Knot.
LONG BOAT : A large ship carried by a ship which is used to move loads such as anchors, chains, ropes, or loot.
LONG CLOTHES : The type of clothing worn on land.
LOOKOUT : A crew member posted to keep watch, often from the crow’s nest, for other ships or signs of land.
LOOT : Stolen stuff.
LUBBER : An awkward, clumsy, unseamanlike fellow. LAND-LUBBER : The worst kind of Lubber, one that’s never even been to sea before.
MAIN-MAST : The largest and most central mast of the ship.
MAN-OF-WAR : A warship designed and equipped for battle
MARLINSPIKE : An iron pointed tool used to separate the strands of a rope for splicing
MAROONING : Abandoning a person on a deserted coast or island with very few supplies. Usually resulting in a slow death by starvation or thirst. If ye were rescued you’d probably be hung because people presumed ye were a pirate.
MAKE FAST : Tying or securing ropes. Fast is usually used in the sense of “fasten” on ship.
MIZEN-MAST: The aftermost mast of the ship. The one at the “back” for the land-lubbers
MUTINY : Revolt or determined disobedience on a ship. Punishable by death in the British Navy.
NAVIGATOR : A crew member skilled in the art of navigation. Combining seamanship and knowledge of nautical astronomy. A skilled navigator could guide a ship from port to port often with no sight of land for months on end.
NEWGATE BIRDS : Men sent to serve on British Navy ships in place of serving a sentence in prison.
NO PREY, NO PAY : This means ye won’t get paid unless we capture some ships.
OAKUM : The remains of old ropes that have become untwisted or picked to pieces, sometimes called “tow”. This material was often used to stuff into cracks in the ship’s hull with tar to seal it from water.
ORLOP: The lowest deck, immediately above the hold.
PAINTER : A rope attached to the bows of a boat, used for making her fast.
PIECES OF EIGHT : Spanish silver coins worth eight "reales.," could be cut into eight pieces, each worth one reale.
PINNACE : A light ship propelled by sails or oars, used for travelling between ship and shore.
PIRACY or Pyracy : Robbery at sea.
PIRATE or Pyrate : Someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without letters of marque.
PIRATE ROUND : A route from North America to the Indian Ocean taking advantage of seasonal winds and trade.
PISTOL PROOF : Very lucky, the sort of fellow that always seems to make the right choices.
PLUNDER : To rob, steal and generally make of with everybody’s loot.
POOP DECK : The uppermost deck at the stern of a ship, usually above the captain’s quarters.
PORT : A seaport or the left side of the ship which is normally the side ye bring in to port.
POWDER MONKEY : A crew member whose job during battle was to run back and forth from the ship's powder hold carrying black powder for the guns.
PRESSGANG : A company of men sent a’shore to force men into service on a ship, usually a Navy one but sometimes a pirate ship.
PRIVATEER : Someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea with letters of marque from a government.
PRIZE : A captured ship and its cargo.
PROW : For the lubbers that’s the pointy bit at the front of the ship.
PURSER : An officer on a ship responsible for provisions and clothing. Such provisions were often sold to sailors on credit against their next payment which meant the sailors never actually managed to keep any of their money when they were finally paid.
QUADRANT : A navigation tool used to measure the altitude of the sun. Largely replaced by the back-staff.
QUARTER : If we offer ye quarter it means we’ll treat ye well if ye surrender. If we say “No Quarter” it means we’ll kill the lot of yer.
QUARTER-DECK : The uppermost deck abaft the main mast. The “sticky up bit at the back” for the land-lubbers.
QUARTER-MASTER : On pirate ships the quartermaster was responsible for stores, provisions and booty. In most cases he was second in charge to the captain.
RAMSHACKLE : Out of repair, disorderly.
RATLINE : Horizontal lines run along the shrouds to form a ladder for the crew to use in getting up into the rigging.
REEF - An underwater obstacle of rock or coral that will tear a great hole in the bottom of the ship if ye hit it. Also “to reef the sails” means tying them up a bit to reduce to area of sail in a strong wind.
RIGGING : Any or all of the ropes or chains used to support the masts and arrange the sails. Those that are “standing” are fixed, while those that are “running” are used to adjust the yards and sails.
RIG OF A SHIP : The set of masts, ropes and sails that makes up the true character of a ship.
ROPE : Is made of hemp or other stuff, spun into yarns and strands and twisted together into cordage. When it is put to use in the rigging it is then called a line, not a rope. If a rope is just coiled up on deck, not being used for anything, then ye can call it a rope, not a line.
RUTTER : A book of charts, a journal, log book or set of sailing instructions used by a navigator.
SALMAGUNGI : A savoury dish made of cured fish and onions.
SCUPPERS : Vents on a ship's deck that allow water to drain back to the sea rather than collecting in the bilge. "Scupper that!" means get rid of something by chucking it overboard.
SCURVY : A common disease among sailors caused by vitamin C deficiency causing spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin and extreme weakness. This lead to the British Navy giving their crews lime juice and being called “limeys” by the American sailors.
SCUTTLE : To deliberately sink a ship by making a hole in the hull.
SEA LEGS : A cack-handed deck ape is said to have his sea legs when he can stand steady on the deck of a ship pitching and rolling on the waves. Sometimes a sailor, used to this motion, takes a while to get his land legs back when he goes a’shore which makes him swagger a bit as he walks.
SHEET : A line running from the bottom corner of a sail so ye can adjust it for the wind
SHROUDS : Part of the standing rigging used to support the masts.
SLOOP : A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged ship much favoured by pirates because of its speed, shallow draught and fast turning ability.
SLOW MATCH : A cord of braided hemp, often infused with saltpetre, that burned slowly like a candle wick and was applied to powder in the touch hole of a cannon in order to fire it.
SOUNDING LINE or lead : An instrument for measuring the depth of the water, a line with a lead weight on the end and marked in fathoms.
SPANKER : A fore-and-aft sail attached to a boom and gaff. The aftermost sail of a ship sometimes called the driver.
SQUARE-RIGGED : Fitted mostly with square sails.
STARBOARD : The right side of the ship when ye are facing forward. Opposite side to port.
STARTING ROPE : A short length of heavy rope with a knot in the end that the Bosun uses to beat crew members to make them work harder.
STEM : The foremost timber of the frame.
STERN : The aftermost part of the ship. That’s the back for the lubbers.
THREE SHEETS IN THE WIND
WALKING THE PLANK
WATCH FIRST WATCH MIDDLE WATCH MORNING WATCH FORENOON WATCH AFTERNOON WATCH DOG WATCHES
X MARKS THE SPOT
YO HO HO
That was quite a while ago and I was wrong. I now know what the castle doctrine is as well as stand your ground laws. But I do have opinions on self-defense outside of what the law says.
sorry to be hasslin' ya, then.