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Talk Like a Pirate Day


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2.A villainous or mischievous person.
5.A person who usually steers a ship's boat and has charge of its crew.
9.A general term for the vantage on another ship of absolute perpendicular to the direction it is going. To get along ********* a ship was to take it at a very vulnerable angle. This is of course, the largest dimension of a ship and is easiest to attack with larger arms. A "*********" has come to indicate a hit with a cannon or similar attack right in the main part of the ship.
10.A fast moving ship.
11.Small cannon balls packed into a cannon. Notably, the pirate Black Bart (Bartholomew Roberts) was killed by grapeshot. (2 Words)
13.To play a trick. (3 Words)
15.A sailor with a letter of marque from a government. Technically he was a self-employed soldier paid only by what he plundered from an enemy. In this, a ********* was supposed to be above being tried for piracy. A ********* is theoretically a law-abiding combatant, and entitled to be treated as an honorable prisoner if captured. Most often, *********s were a higher class of criminal, though many became pirates.
18.A small anchor, especially one made of a stone in a wooden frame.
19.The after part of the upper deck of a ship.
21.A unit of length equal to six feet, used principally in the measurement and specification of marine depths.
22.An exploding wooden box filled with scrap metals and gun powder, usually secured to the side of a ship to thwart a boarding enemy. (2 Words)
24.The state of a sailing vessel which cannot move due to a lack of wind.
27.A young woman or peasant girl, sometimes a prostitute.
29.A small warship.
31.A pirate flag depicting a skull-and-crossbones. It was an invitation to surrender, with the implication that those who surrendered would be treated well. A red flag indicated "no quarter." (2 Words)
34.To punish someone by dragging them under a ship, across the keel, until near-death or death. Both pirates and the Royal Navy were fond of this practice.
35.A person unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship. The term doesn't derive from "land lover," but rather from the root of ******, meaning clumsy or uncoordinated. Thus, he is one who is awkward at sea for familiarity with the land. The term is used to insult the abilities of one at sea.
38.A Spanish gold coin worth sixteen Pieces of Eight, or eight Escudos.
41.A light boat propelled by sails or oars, used as a tender for merchant and war vessels; a boat for communication between ship and shore.
44.To bring the ship full way around in the wind. Used in general while sailing into the wind, but also used to indicate a swing back into the enemy in combat. (2 Words)
45.An expression of surprise or strong emotion. (3 Words)
49.A temporary or makeshift mast erected on a sea vessel with whatever materials and tools were on hand, including spare parts of smaller masts. In combat, the mainmast was often the most damaged (providing the ship didn't sink.) Without the mainmast a ship was powerless so it was imperative to build this for the ship. Sometimes the mizzenmast could be moved and used as one. (2 Words)
50.A ship holed or pierced by its own anchor. (4 Words)
51.The refusal to spare lives of an opponent. Pirates raise a red flag to threaten it (3 Words)
52.A box on the deck of a ship holding the ship’s compass.
53.The curved strips of wood that make up the underside of a ship.
54.An interjection used to hail a ship or a person, or to attract attention.
55.The side away from the direction from which the wind blows.
56.A light boat carried at the stern of a larger sailing ship. (2 Words)
58.A light, swift rowboat built for one person usually used in inland waters or harbors.
59.A whip with nine lashes used for flogging. "A taste of the ***" might refer to a full flogging. (4 Words)
62.The lead was a weight at the bottom of a line that gave sailors a way to measure depth when near land. To ************ was considered a simple job, and thus came to represent one who is avoiding work or taking the easy work over the hard. In today's terms, one who does this is a slacker. (3 Words)
63.A disease that can be the result of lead poisoning, causing a buildup of uric acid, most commonly in the toes, and especially the big toe. The main symptom is inflammation of joint tissue leading to sore, swollen skin. The effected areas can become so tender that the slightest touch to them causes extreme pain. Pirates sometimes drank from pewter mugs (see tankard) which often contained lead.
64.(1) Strong shutters or plates fastened over a ship's porthole or cabin window in stormy weather. (2) Thick windows set in a ship's side or deck. (3) Eyes.
65.Formerly a Spanish coin and monetary unit that was popular in international trade.
66.A hard biscuit or bread made from flour and water baked into a moisture-free rock to prevent spoilage; a pirate ships staple. It has to be broken into small pieces or soaked in water before eaten.
68.A small cup or drink.
72.A spar attached to the mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
74.A flag, especially one flown at the bow of a ship to indicate her nationality.
76.The right side of the ship when you are facing toward her prow.
78.A flag flown to indicate the presence of an illness, often yellow fever, aboard a ship. Often the flag is used to trick pirates into avoiding potential targets. (2 Words)
79.A flat piece of wood at the stern of a ship that dips into the water and is used for steering.
80.A large three-masted sailing ship with a square rig and usually two or more decks, used from the 15th to the 17th century especially by Spain as a merchant ship or warship.
83.The hangman. To dance with **** ***** is to hang (2 Words)
86.(1) A small opening or hatch with a movable lid in the deck or hull of a ship. (2) To sink by means of a hole in a ships hull.
87.Detailed instructions listing all that is known about a place or route.
89.A small platform, sometimes enclosed, near the top of a mast, where a lookout could have a better view when watching for sails or for land. (2 Words)
90.A hole in a ship’s deck through which the anchor cable passes.
91.An iron shaft with claws at one end, usually thrown by a rope and used for grasping and holding, especially one for drawing and holding an enemy ship alongside.
93.A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century. They were first hunters of pigs and cattle on the islands of Hispaniola and Tortuga, but were driven off by the Spanish and turned to piracy. They were said to be heavy drinking, cruel pirates.
95.The middle of a ship.
96.(1) A ships small boat crewed by rowers. (2) A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel similar to the ketch but having a smaller jigger or mizzenmast projecting out behind the rudder.
98.(1) A creature living in the bilge of a ship. It is considered the lowliest creature by pirates, but many pirates take to eating the animals to survive. (2) An insulting name given by a pirate. (2 Words)
100.A fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel having at least two masts, with a foremast that is usually smaller than the other masts.
103.Another term for being flogged. (2 Words)
104.(1) A large cask used mainly for the shipment of wines and spirits. (2) A unit of measurement equal to approximately one hundred gallons.
107.A quadrilateral sail that lacks a boom, has the foot larger than the head, and is bent to a yard hanging obliquely on the mast.
108.To be stranded, particularly on a desert isle.
109.A coin from Spain and Portugal worth two Pieces of Eight or sixteen Reals.
110.Chain or metal-slat cages in which the corpses of pirates are hung and displayed in order to discourage piracy
114.The left side of the ship when you are facing toward her prow.
116.Openings along the edges of a ship's deck that allow water on deck to drain back to the sea rather than collecting in the bilge.
117.A command meaning stop or desist.
119.A two-masted sailing vessel with a lugsail rig.
120.An alcoholic liquor, especially rum diluted with water. Admiral Vernon is said to have been the first to dilute the rum of sailors (about 1745.)
121.A small, often rounded shield held in one’s fist to protect against an opponent’s sword. It could also be used to strike a blow to an opponent’s face.
122.(1) A pirate, especially along the Barbary Coast; a romantic term for pirate. This term was used for Christian and Muslim privateers in the Mediterranean between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Barbary *******s centered on North African states and were often "hired" by Muslim nations to attack Christian ships. The Christian *******s were known as the Maltese corsairs and they took their orders from the Knights of St. John to attack the Turks. (2) A pirate ship, often operating with official sanction.
123.A piratical way to address someone in a cheerful, if not necessarily friendly, fashion.
124.A short, heavy sword with a curved blade used by pirates and sailors. The sword has only one cutting edge and may or may not have a useful point.
1.A cylindrical, single-handled drinking mug, usually made of pewter. During the 18th century, pewter often contained traces of lead, causing lead poisoning or gout.
3.Two cannonballs chained together and aimed high in order to destroy masts and rigging. (2 Words)
4.A way to address a younger female.
5.One who drinks wassail and engages in festivity, especially riotous drinking.
6.A unit of distance equal to three miles
7.To have a drink or perhaps several drinks. (4 Words)
8.When a ship leans to one side or the measurement of its tilt.
9.A small pier or jetty vessel.
12.A vessel attendant on other vessels, especially one that ferries supplies between ship and shore; a small boat towed or carried by a ship.
14.A scoundrel.
16.A mischievous person; a scoundrel.
17.A way to address a younger male.
20.A fictional place at the bottom of the ocean. In short, a term meaning death. (3 Words)
23.To cheat
25.One who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without commission from a sovereign nation; the opposite of a privateer.
26.To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
28.The steering wheel of a ship which controls the rudder.
30.To kill someone. (4 Words)
32.A short wooden rod to which a ship's rigging is secured. A common improvised weapon aboard a sailing ship, because they're everywhere, they're easily picked up, and they are the right size and weight to be used as clubs. (2 Words)
33.(1) The lowest part inside the ship, within the hull itself which is the first place to show signs of leakage. Itis often dank and musty, and considered the most filthy, dead space of a ship. (2) Nonsense, or foolish talk.
34.Given to recruits of the Royal Navy in the 18th century, “to take a ***** ********” was to enter service as a sailor or soldier. There is a legend that says recruiters would slip a coin into their victim’s drink to con them into accepting service. Glass-bottomed tankards were designed to allow the drinker to see if a coin was in the bottom before they accepted a drink. (2 Words)
36.A warrant officer or petty officer on a merchant ship who is in charge of the ships rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew.
37.During the Golden Age of Piracy this was the highest ranking pirate on a ship under the captain, usually elected by the crew. He was the only officer on a ship who could veto a captain’s decision, but only when the ship was not engaged in battle or on a mission.
39.One-ounce, Spanish silver coins worth one Silver Peso or eight Reals, sometimes literally cut into eight pieces, each worth one Real. (3 Words)
40.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. They’re not always honored, however, even by the government that issues them. Captain Kidd had these and his own country hanged him anyway. (3 Words)
42.A piece of soft sandstone used for scouring the wooden decks of a ship.
43.A board or ramp used as a removable footway between a ship and a pier.
46.A black smudge on a piece of paper used by pirates as a threat. It is often accompanied by a written message specifying the threat. Most often it represents a death threat. (2 Words)
47.A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on both masts.
48.A redness on the nose or face of persons who drink ardent spirits to excess. (2 Words)
52.The slanted spar at a ship's prow which is the furthest front of the ship. It is usually used as a lead connection for a smaller, navigational sail. It was from this that Blackbeard's head was hung as a trophy.
57.An adventurous, romantic swordsman who is also chivalrous, witty, and generally has a sense of humor. The term was coined in the 16th century when men used a buckle, or small shield, in one fist opposite their sword.
60.A salad usually consisting of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, and onions, often arranged in rows on lettuce and served with vinegar and oil.
61.A pole mounted on the bow of a ship from which a **** is flown.
67.The depth of a vessel's keel below the water line, especially when loaded; the minimum water depth necessary to float a ship.
69.The person responsible for discipline on board a ship.
70.(1)The section of the upper deck of a ship located at the bow forward of the foremast. (2) A superstructure at the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed.
71.A drink container made of leather. (2 Words)
73.(1) The main *** across the mast which holds up the sail (2) Either end of a **** of a square sail. It is a vulnerable target in combat, and is also a favorite place from which to hang prisoners or enemies. Black Bart hung his governor of Martinique from his.
75.At, in, toward, or close to the rear of the ship
77.A popular pirate drink made from rum, water, sugar and nutmeg or cinnamon.
81.To rise against authority, especially the captain of a ship.
82.The sides of the top deck which act as a railing around the deck, and have openings where heavy arms or guns are positioned.
84.A company of men commissioned to force men into service such as on a vessel, specifically a pirate ship.
85.A low, flat vessel propelled partly, or wholly by oars.
86.A merchant in port, selling the various things that a ship needs for supplies and repairs.
88.A promiscuous woman; a female prostitute.
92.A conference or discussion between opposing sides during a dispute. The term was used in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" as part of Pirate law.
93.(1) To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin. (2) To stop, most often used as a command.
94.To take a ship into shallower waters or out of the water altogether and remove barnacles and pests such as mollusks, shells and plant growth from the bottom. Often a pirate needs to do this to his ship to restore it to proper speed. It can be dangerous to pirates as it leaves the ship inoperable while the work is being done.
97.(1)The amount taken in by a single act of drinking. (2) The drawing of a liquid, as from a cask or keg.
99.The highest deck at the stern of a large ship, usually above the captains quarters. (2 Words)
101.British prison ships that captured pirates and privateers.
102.A vessel designed and outfitted for battle. (3 Words)
105.The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a sailing vessel.
106.A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing boat with a short standing bowsprit or none at all and a single headsail set from the forestay. This boat was much favored by the pirates because of its shallow draught and maneuverability.
111.A sailing ship with from three to five masts, all of them square-rigged except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged; a small vessel that is propelled by oars or sails
112.A sailor (2 Words)
113.A telescope.
115.(1) The lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail. (2) The position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails or the act of changing from one position or direction to another.
118.(1) A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C often affecting sailors. (2) Mean and contemptible; a derogatory adjective suitable for use in a loud voice, as in "Ye ****** dogs!"

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