Friday, July 3, 2009

Pirate Talk 101: The Last Part - Respectful Address, Toasts and Declamations

Modifiers and Nouns to express respect, praise or appreciation of your pirate brethren.




Am I explicit?

Do I make myself clear?

As how?

How so?

Be that plain enough?

Is that understood?

Do I speak in reason?

Do I make sense?

Do you fancy ____?

Do you think / want?

How be ____?

How is it that ____?

How comes it ___?

How is that ___?

How say you (of/to ___)

What do you think of ___?

How’s she lie?

What’s the heading?

Is not this the truth of it?

Isn’t that truth?

See the course I lay?

Catch my drift?

What(ever) ails you?

What’s wrong?

What course should we steer next?

What’s next? / Now what?

What do you think you’ re about

What do you think you are doing?

What mean you by ___?

What are you ___?

What o’clock is it?

What time is it?

What say you to this?

What do you think?

What’s your trouble?

What’s wrong?

Where lays your course?

Where are you?

Who comes/goes?

Who’s there?

Who hailed you?

Who asked you?

Will you be pleased to ___?

Would you ___?

Positive Replies

And with a will

I’m all for it.

As you say


VERB it is

“Drink, it is.”

Now there was a true word as ever was heard spoke

You speak the truth

That be about the measure of it

That’s about right.

There’s reason/sense in that

That stands to reason / Makes sense

True as death

Absolutely true

Negative Replies

Never think it

Don’t even think it

That bite won’t take

That won’t work

Some might say one thing and some another

Diffuse a disagreement

That’s trifle


‘tis no matter

It doesn’t matter

“Boldness and drink are cornerstones of pirate life; the two merge neatly when strong words are spoken over raised cups.”

Here’s to ourselves, the hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff

To our next merry meeting

Curse all rovers who should ever give quarter to an Englishman

To the luck of the Brotherhood

A merry life and a short one

Of all liquor commend me to rum

A pirate’s life is the only life for a man of any spirit.

Pirate’s have no God but their money, nor savior but their arms

There’s nought like liquor for putting the devil into a man

This primer was summarized from the book "The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues" by George Choundas and available here.

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