Following Be a sampling of me Pirate Lingo…Arrr…Feel free to add to me list.
avast – A command meaning stop or desist.
belay – (1) To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin. (2) To stop, most often used as a command
Blimey! – An exclamation of surprise.
booty – Treasure.
bring a spring upon her cable – To come around in a different direction.
coxswain – A person who usually steers a ship’s boat and has charge of its crew.
deadlights – (1) Strong shutters or plates fastened over a ship’s porthole or cabin window in stormy weather. (2) Thick windows set in a ship’s side or deck. (3) Eyes. ie: “Use yer deadlights, matey!”
fire in the hole – A warning issued before a cannon is fired.
Gold Road – A road across the Isthmus of Panama used to transport gold by train of pack mules.
grog blossom – A redness on the nose or face of persons who drink ardent spirits to excess.
hang the jib – To pout or frown.
hempen halter – The hangmans noose.
Jack Ketch – The hangman. To dance with Jack Ketch is to hang.
keelhaul – To punish someone by dragging them under a ship, across the keel, until near-death or death. Both pirates and the Royal Navy were fond of this practice.
loaded to the gunwalls – To be drunk.
mizzen – A fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast.
nipperkin – A small cup or drink.
pillage – To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
poop deck – The highest deck at the stern of a large ship, usually above the captains quarters.
provost – The person responsible for discipline on board a ship.
run a rig – To play a trick.
scallywag – A villainous or mischievous person.
Sink me! – An expression of surprise.
splice the main brace – To have a drink or perhaps several drinks.
squiffy – Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy.
topgallant – Of, relating to, or being the mast above the topmast, its sails, or its rigging.
wherry – A light, swift rowboat built for one person usually used in inland waters or harbors.
ye – You.
yo-ho-ho – An exclamation associated with pirates.