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:
Top 7 Pirate Flags & The Tales of Their Captains
In celebration of this week's #InternationalFlagDay, I thought it appropriate to share a bit of insight to my favorite classic lore -- historical renowned pirates.
I’ve always loved history of the first buccaneers and pirate-turned privateers because the nature of their notoriety was oft based on legend, mystery and hearsay. Back then, it was common for a pirate to create a fear-mongering reputation across the high seas, because the intent was always to be able to capture a ship without a fight.
While there are a few notable battles that truly took place (we’ll go over a few), many pirates were not the disciplined sea rovers that famous fictions portray them as today. It was more common for a pirate to be inexperienced in battle, or fear the wrath of the tempestuous sea because he wouldn’t know how to swim.
The pirate flag was the first way to communicate a crew’s intent to a prey ship. Striking the colors of a nation’s flag, be it Spanish, English, French or Dutch was a typical tactic in luring prey ship into believing they were in safe and familiar company.