The famous pirate of Pirate Lingo.


Pirate lingo.

It’s no secret that pirates had their own way of life when they sailed the open seas. They had their own customs, their own way of dressing, and even their own language. While they mostly spoke English, it was a different type of English and it was spoken in different tones. They generally spoke in deep, gruff voices. They would use two adjectives to describe everything. For instance, a beautiful woman would be, “A fine, fair lass.” And they omitted the letters “g” and “v” from their vocabulary. So “rowing” would become “rowin” and “ever” would become “e’er.” Check out the pirate terms listed below to understand the pirate’s language and to find out just what the heck they were trying to say.
  • Ahoy!: Hello!
  • Arrr: I agree or I am happy!
    Avast: Stop!
  • Bilge Rat: This was a term used to insult.
  • Black Spot: A person would be marked with a Black Spot when they were the next to be killed.
  • Booty: Treasure.
  • Bung Hole: This referred to how the food was stored on a ship. All food was stored in wooden barrels. The stopper is the bung and the hole that the stopper fits into is the bung hole.
  • Buccaneer: A pirate that answers to no one and follows no one else’s rules.
  • Cat o’ Nine Tails: This was a whip that was designed to punish those that betrayed pirates. It could be used on another pirate.
  • Corsair: This is a pirate who would sail the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Davy Jones’ Locker: This refers to the bottom of the sea, where the souls of dead men go.
  • Doubloons: Pieces of gold.
  • Fiddler’s Green: This is the heaven that is reserved especially for pirates and pirates believed that is where they went after they died.
  • Furner: This is a ship that a pirate owned and was different from a ship that was attacked.
  • Gentlemen o’ Fortune: This was a nicer term for pirates.
  • Grog: This was a pirate’s favourite drink.
  • Landlubber: Someone who loved life on land and was not accustomed to the life aboard a ship.
  • Lass: A woman.
  • Matey: A fellow pirate, or a friend.
  • Me Beauty: A beautiful woman.
  • Me Hearty: Another term for a shipmate or a friend.
  • Pieces o’ Eight: These were pieces of silver that could be cut into eight pieces to make smaller amounts of money. Pirates were rewarded with pieces o’ eight from their captain.
  • Privateer: A pirate that was hired by the government.
  • Scallywag: A bad person.
  • Scurvy Dog: An insult of the worst kind.
  • Shiver Me Timbers!: This was an expression used by pirates when they were caught by surprise. It was usually shouted.
  • Smartly: To do something “smartly” is to do something quickly.
  • Son of a Biscuit Eater: This was a term that pirates used to snidely refer to a son of a sailor.
  • Sprogs: New pirates that had not yet been trained on the ship.
  • Squadron: A group of ten or less pirate ships that were going to war.
  • Squiffy: An insult used to brand someone as unintelligent.
  • Swashbuckin: A term pirates would use for cursing and sailing the seas.
  • Sweet Trade: This is the term that pirates would use for piracy.
  • Thar: This is the opposite meaning of “here.” Such as, “I be seein’ it over thar.”
  • Yo-ho-ho: This was the sound pirate’s made when they laughed.

Pirate Lingo.

 The famous pirate of Pirate Lingo.

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