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THE PIRATE DICTIONARY edited by Terry Breverton

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listing of all things pirate.

An ocean of terms.


Nitty Gritty:

Non fiction


Conversational, informal tone

Exhaustive list of pirate themed words, phrases, symbols, flags, jokes, etc.

Can be summarized with a single entry: ALPHABET (A sea shanty called “The Sailor’s Alphabet”)

A is the anchor that holds a brave ship,

B is the bowsprit that often does dip,

C is the capstan on which we do wind, and

D is the davits on which the jolly boat hangs.


Oh hi derry, hey derry, ho derry dwon,

Give sailors their grog and there’s nothing goes wrong,

So merry, so merry, so merry are we,

No matter who’s laughing at sailors at sea.

E is the ensign, the red, white and blue,

F is the fo’c’sle, holds the ship’s crew,

G is the gangway on which the mate takes his stand,

H is the hawser that seldom does strand.


I is the irons where the stuns’l boom sits,

J is the jib-boom that often does dip,

K are the keelsons of which you’ve told, and

L and the lanyards that always will hold.


M is the main mast, so stout and so strong,

N is the north point that never points wrong,

O and the orders of which we must be ‘ware,

P are the pumps that cause sailors to swear.


Q is the quadrant, the sun for to take,

R is the riggin’ that always does shake,

S is the starboard side of our bold ship, and

T is the topmasts that often do split.


U is the ugliest old Captain of all

V are the vapours that come with the squall

W is the windless on which we do wind, and

X, Y and Z, well, I can’t put in rhyme!