ARRRRR You Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?
Addled-- Mad, insane, or just stupid. An "addlepate" is a fool.
Avast!-- Hey! Could also be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"
Belay-- Stop 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.
Deadlights-- Eyes. "Use yer deadlights, matey!"
Handsomely-- Quickly. "Handsomely now, men!" = "Hurry up!"
Jack Ketch-- The hangman. To dance with Jack Ketch is to hang.
Jolly Roger-- The pirates' skull-and-crossbones flag.
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.
Lights-- Lungs. Pirate threat: “I’ll have ye lights and liver."
Rum (noun)-- Traditional pirate drink.
Rum (adjective)-- Strange or odd. A "rum fellow" is a peculiar person.
Smartly-- Quickly. "Smartly there, men!" = "Hurry up!"
Splice the mainbrace-- To have a drink. Or, perhaps, several drinks.
Start practicing now and you can all be fluent by the big day. This list is just a taste of all the grand pirate lingo out there. If you want more information on pirates, it just so happens we've got lots of pirate stuff at the library. So use your deadlights and have a look at all this great booty, matey!
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