Brownsville Community Library

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

PIRATE SPEAK
  • When Jul 05, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (US/Pacific / UTC-700)
  • Where Children's Room
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  • Contact Phone 541.466.5454
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Speak Like a Pirate! Arr Matey! Try out these terms with your friends from the Library!

  • Ahoy: hey/hello
  • Arrrrr: suitable for virtually any situation: yes, I agree, I'm happy, we're going to win, I like this beer…
  • Avast ye: stop, listen to me!
  • Aye: yes, sure thing
  • Aye aye: I'll get right to it (as soon as my break is over…)
  • Beauty: term of address for a lovely lady. Opposite of "wench"
  • Bilge rat: insult (the bilge is the lowest, dank & musty part of a ship. A rat is a rat)
  • Booty: treasure. Not to be confused with "bounty", which is the price set upon the head of a particularly villainous pirate
  • Buccaneer: a sear-faring fellow who lives by his own laws, AKA a pirate
  • Cat o' nine tails: nine-headed whip for floggin' mutineers. Ouch
  • Davy Jones' Locker: bottom of the sea, where dead men lie
  • Doubloons: pieces of gold
  • Gentleman o' fortune:see "buccaneer"
  • Give quarter: take mercy by not killing an enemy pirate. Thus "give no quarter!" may be yelled by a vicious, fearsome pirate captain
  • Go on the account: to embark on a pirate cruise
  • Jolly Roger: classic pirate flag, skull & crossbones on black background
  • Landlubber: land lover, not a pirate - an insult
  • Lass:woman
  • Lily-livered:faint o' heart – an insult
  • Long clothes: posh clothes, not suitable for a pirate (who needs to be free to run, jump & pillage)
  • Matey: shipmate or friend
  • Me hearty: as above
  • Me: my
  • Pieces of eight: pieces of silver that are cut into eight and used as small change
  • Poop deck: nothing to do with poop, unfortunately: the deck at the back of a ship, above the captain's quarters
  • Scallywag: bad person/scoundrel
  • Scurvy dog: a classic pirate insult!
  • Shiver me timbers: exclamation of surprise
  • Sprogs: young, inexperienced recruits
  • Squiffy: buffoon
  • Swashbucklin': the noble act of fighting on the high seas
  • Sweet trade: piracy
  • Swing the lead: be lazy/not pull one's weight (swinging a lead weight to measure the depth of the sea was one of the easier jobs aboard a pirate ship)
  • Thar: not here
  • Walk the plank: punishment for foes or deserters. Possibly a mythical punishment… but who cares?
  • Wench: lady (not a particularly pleasant term – opposite of "beauty")
  • Yellow Jack: flag to signify illness (possibly useful for your vocabulary at the end of a night…)