So, You Want to Talk like a Pirate....
The real terms – not those cheesy one-lines from the children’s books or films. You may be here because you want to know what a real sea rover spoke like in the mid-18th century.
Well, thanks to my (not so) healthy fascination in the counter-culture that took the Caribbean by storm during the Spanish War, I have just the list. This was the golden age, where the banishment of sovereign authority was at its all-time high in the colonies. In some legends, we see piracy as a resistance, that under certain leadership, favored no race or social class, just how well you can handle a sword and the sea. If that sort of lifestyle doesn’t peak your appetite for literary adventure, then why not start with how they spoke?
In honor of International #TalkLikeAPirateDay, here’s a list of some of my favorite pirate terms to coin during your next conversation:
Which was your favorite poem of the week? Let me know in the comments below, and perhaps I'll build out some creative freebies with the poem!
the romantic rover.
You’ve envisioned a scene. Well… most of a scene. You may have a bit of the action down, or perhaps the heated dialogue figured out.
Though, every time you face the ink and paper (or computer screen) you find yourself hitting a brick wall. These are all symptoms of having a half-fleshed out scene for your fiction story.
I get it, because I would find myself suffering from the self-inflicted writer’s hardship on the daily. We’ve talked about how there are several ways to approach a written fiction. Many writers typically lean towards being a architect or gardener.
The architect heavily focuses on planning and outlining a story before diving into the writing portion. They go in already knowing each tent-pole scene, each character’s driving desire, and the relationship dynamics across their whole cast.
Meanwhile, the gardener stands on a grand idea and explores the story throughout the whole writing process. Often times, this is how an endearing character quirk or mind-blowing plot twist is conceived. Though, the gardener will also have to consider weeding out a lot of literary bells and whistles during the editing process.
Although there is no rule-book on how to approach writing a story, a great writer may find himself/herself well-armed by both schools of thought.
A person who is fond of, develops or cultivates roses.
the romantic rover.