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The Pirate Dictionary

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We hear the terms steer clear of, hit the deck, don't rock the boat, and to harbor a grudge and give little thought to their origin. Left together on ships for months, and often for years, pirate crews developed expressions that made their way into common usage. Terms for things related to life at sea became idioms used by land lubbers, a term derived from the holes in the ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published July 31st 2004 by Pelican Publishing Company
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Marc Maxmeister
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pirates
Seems like "reading the dictionary" would be boring - but this book is filled with excellent context setting bits of knowledge. You can tell the author loves pirates and has also read many authoritative books on naval stuff in detail. This is great for me, since the original sources are centuries old and hard to understand.

I used this to provide inspiration for my fiction writing. I just wish there was a book like this about underground caving, mining, or ancient civilizations and their lore.
Jill
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, pirates, friends
Recommended to Jill by: friend
A fun book for Talk Like A Pirate Day - has loads of great definitions and doesn't take itself too seriously. Not a scholarly work, though. A reference rather than a read - I thumb through it and find a word or two here and there. It also has a section on sea shanties and pirate jokes (most of which can't be told to children.)
Jay DeVine
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great, interesting reference book!
Rodes
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was looking for a really exhaustive pirate dictionary, and I found it.

So many of the words we use: "spick and span," "fly by night," and "footloose" all originated from pirates.

Yo ho ho.
Trevor
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonphixion
Arrr! Thanks be to ye pirate lexicographers!
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