Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #9 - Pirate Slang


Thirteen Pirate Slang Words/Phrases


Since my current WIP is a pirate story, I thought I would share 13 slang words or phrases that I've picked up doing the research:

  1. Dance the Hempen Jig - a good old hanging.
  2. Avast Ye - stop and pay attention.
  3. All Hands Hoary - a call to action, like all hands on deck.
  4. Cackle Fruit - chicken eggs.
  5. Freebooter - from the Dutch words 'free' & 'plunder', this is another term for pirate.
  6. Jack Tar - sailor's coats or tarpaulins were infused with tar to shed water and, in the case of pirates, help deflect sword blows so this is a generic name (like John Doe or Joe Blow) used in reference to a sailor.
  7. Shiver Me Timbers - a familiar classic, it's an expression of shock or disbelief.
  8. Bumboo - a drink found in the West Indies, it was made of watered down rum flavored with nutmeg and sugar.
  9. Powder Monkey - name for a gunner's assistant.
  10. Holystone - the ship decks were scrubbed with bars of sandstone. The soft areas of the stone would wear away, leaving holes. Also, the act of kneeling to scrub looked much like praying.
  11. Go On Account - a tongue-in-cheek phrase pirates used that compared the act of becoming a pirate to going into business.
  12. Swing the Lead - a lead weight on a line was used to measure water depth when a ship was near shore. This being a rather easy job, the phrase later evolved into a term for slacking off.
  13. Black Jack - a large leather drinking vessel made stiffer with tar.

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32 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, Wylie, you are doing some COOL research. I think I'm jealous...

Happy TT! Can't wait to see what all of this culminates into.

Christine said...

WOW!Very interesting research.I love a great Pirate adventure.
Happy TT!

Thomma Lyn said...

Neat-o! :) I'm looking forward to reading your pirate adventure. Ahoy, Matey! And... arrrrrrr! ;)

Happy TT!

Andrea said...

Now these are some things I need to know...when I run into Captain Jack Sparrow.

Oh...I made a rhyme!

Happy TT.

Mine are up!

armywife said...

how fun! some of those i knew and the others will be fun to spring on my coworkers tomorrow! ha

happy TT

scooper said...

cackle fruit? That is hilarious.

Wylie Kinson said...

Hey y'all! It's been fun doing all this pirate research. Too bad my WIP isn't coming along very well. I just can't seem to get the words out...

Candy Minx said...

Hi Wylie!

Thanks so much for coming by my blog and your kind thoughts.

I LOVE any thing pirate...so loved these pahrases what fun...and what a great new gaggle of word swag!

I have no idea what to do a TT list about so popped in here to get some inspiration...maybe see ya later...

Candy
http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/

spyscribbler said...

LOLOL! Pirates ... gotta love 'em! I know I'm supposed to comment on your TT, but ... what's the 50 book challenge?

Happy TT!

Raggedy said...

I enjoyed your list!
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
Thank you for your visit.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Raggedy

Rashenbo said...

Now that is a totally cool list! :) I may have to write some of those down so I can make sure and remember some of them. :D

Thanks for sharing.

katherine. said...

What a great list!

(tar on a leather drinking vessel....totally messes up the Rum!)

Gattina said...

I am already happy to get along with the "normal" english, lol ! If I had to learn "Pirate" english, I would be lost, anyway I don't have a ship.

Christine said...

LOL This is great. Now I'm going to have Johnny Depp's voice in my head all day. Savy?

Darla said...

Oh, very cool. I'll have to remember these for next September 19.

crowwoman / rhian said...

love me some Captain Jack...arrrggggg. nasty teeth and all.

Shiloh Walker said...

Man, I've only heard a couple of those...and I thought I had a good grasp on pirate lingo.

Anne Douglas said...

I wonder then, if thats where the phrase "get the lead out" comes from? ie "get a move on" the opposite of slacking off.

Caylynn said...

Very cool! :) What a great list of pirate-speak. I'll have to remember these for "Talk like a pirate day" next year!

Happy T13. :)

Janet said...

shiver me timbers, matey! Pirate speak!

rhian sent me :-)

Vicky said...

Great list... I don't think I've ever heard any of them before!

And, I did notice when it was sent! :) That's why I said I seriously should be checking my emails in that account... and what are you saying that you didn't miss me the second time? *sniffle*
:)

By the way just noticed how perfect your word meters are! Excellent! ;)

Robyn Mills said...

Great list Wylie, but then I love language and anything to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Pirate lingo. What fun! They are all new to me except "go on account" and "shiver me timbers."

Chelsea

Jaci Burton said...

Learn something new every day. Great pirate lingo. You've done your research well ;-)

PJ said...

Powder Monkey... nice!

Tink said...

Interesting topic for research! I didn't know a lot of these, so thanks for educating me! :-)
Thank you for visiting my cat quotes TT!

Ciar Cullen said...

Awesome list! Makes me want to write a pirate romance, and trust me, I've never wanted to do that before. Nah, too much work.

Bee said...

Cackle Fruit - I will have to use that one. Good TT.

Sparky Duck said...

I could use a Black Jack, filled, right about now

Sunflower said...

Nice list!

Thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog and supporting me! Welcome back anytime.

I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

she said...

fascinating list. Lots of fun to read old terminology.

Amy Ruttan said...

Arrgh me matey!

Great TT, if I do say so meself.

Sorry I'm so late with my TT comment. I'll be back into TT this week.