The Pirate Dictionary

The Pirate Dictionary

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by Terry Breverton
     
 

We hear the terms steer clear of, hit the deck, don't rock the boat , and to harbor a grudge and give little thought to their origin. Left together on ships for months, and often for years, pirate crews developed expressions that made their way into common usage. Terms for things related to life at sea became idioms used by land lubbers, a term derived from the holes…  See more details below

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We hear the terms steer clear of, hit the deck, don't rock the boat , and to harbor a grudge and give little thought to their origin. Left together on ships for months, and often for years, pirate crews developed expressions that made their way into common usage. Terms for things related to life at sea became idioms used by land lubbers, a term derived from the holes in the platforms surrounding the mast that allowed sailors to avoid climbing the rigging around the platforms. A lubber was someone who was very clumsy, so a land lubber is someone who knows nothing about sailing and rigging.
Centuries ago, men wore wigs of length denoting their wealth and importance. Soon, many naval captains, including Sir Henry Morgan and Captain Chaloner Ogle, who killed Black Bart Roberts, began to adopt the style. A law was passed in England declaring that only nobility, judges, and bishops could wear full-length wigs and so was born the term bigwig .
Reading through these words and phrases is an abbreviated trip through history, with lists of major naval mutinies, a summary of the slave trade, and even jokes. This dictionary is written to be entertaining as well as informative, to give a flavor of the interesting times from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries when pirates controlled many sea lanes. It also contains a treasure trove of factual information about life aboard the ship, important pirate haunts, and technical terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802438
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
741,073
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Pirate Dictionary 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy reading alot of the meanings of old words and sayings. It did seem like some words and sayings that should be in it was MIA though.I still do recomend this book to anyone intrested in pirates or just meanings to old phrases and words. I would of made my rating higher if it was complete as some of the other books I have read.