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THE PIRATE DICTIONARY edited by Terry Breverton

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ALL THE WORDS OF AN OLD WORLD

Alphabetical

listing of all things pirate.

An ocean of terms.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Non fiction

Dictionary

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.

Chorus:

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.

Chorus

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.

Chorus

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.

Chorus

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.

Chorus

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!

Chorus