Pirate lingo fer our landlubbers


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Ahoy me Hearties

An interjection used to hail a ship or a person, or to attract attention.

Sail ho!

An exclamation meaning another ship is in view. The sail, of course, is the first part of a ship visible over the horizon.

Davy Jones’ Locker

A place at the bottom of the ocean. In short, a term meaning death. Davy Jones was said to sink every ship he ever over took, and thus, the watery grave that awaited all who were sunk by him was given his name. To die at sea is to go to Davy Jones' Locker.


Spoils won from war, pillaging or plunder. Now used more commonly to denote prizes of any kind.

Booty Drop

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Shiver me timbers

An expression of surprise or strong emotion. In stormy weather and rough seas, the support timbers of a ship would "shiver" which might startle the crew. The phrase may have been less common during the Golden Age of Piracy than it had become later in fictional works.

No Prey, No Pay

A common pirate law meaning a crew received no wages, but rather shared whatever loot was taken.

Raise the Colors

Raising each pirate unique flag to identify itself in the high seas.

Blow the Man Down

To kill someone

Marque Letter

A document given to a sailor (privateer) giving him amnesty from piracy laws as long as the ships plunders are of an enemy nation. A large portion of the pirates begin as privateers with this symbol of legitimacy. The earnings of a privateer are significantly better than any of a soldier at sea. Letters of marque aren't always honored, however, even by the government that issues them. Captain Kidd had letters of marque and his own country hanged him anyway.


A conference or discussion between opposing sides during a dispute, especially when attempting a truce, originating from the French, "parler," meaning "to speak." The term was used in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" as part of Pirate law.

Port of Call

A port of call is an intermediate stop for a ship and sailor, to drink, party and trade.


A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century. The buccaneers were first hunters of pigs and cattle on the islands of Hispanola and Tortuga, but were driven off by the Spanish and turned to piracy. Buccaneers were said to be heavy drinking, cruel pirates.

Conchy Joes

Land based Pirates.


A villainous or mischievous person.


A person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing


One that trespasses on a trade monopoly, as by conducting unauthorized trade in an area designated to a chartered company; a ship used in unauthorized trade.

Scourge of the Seven Seas

A pirate known for his extremely violent and brutal nature. Rapscallion A mischievous person; a scoundrel.

The Flying Gang

The Flying Gang were an 18th-century group of pirates who established themselves in Nassau, New Providence in The Bahamas


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Superstitious trinkets carried by Pirates