Used to express surprise or joy, to attract attention to something sighted, or to urge onward as in Land ho! or Westward ho! Common name for sailors of the Royal Navy. This was due to the tar used to seal planks would often get on sailors backs and legs if they slept on deck.
Ahoy is the most versatile pirate word used in movies and books. Sailors use it to call to other ships, greet each other, warn of danger, or say goodbye. The Online Etymology Dictionary says that it probably came from “a hoy” a nautical term related to hauling.
When a pirate first came on board and was clumsy, he was said to be lacking his “sea legs”. After reaching land, a pirate or sailor would sometimes have trouble regaining his “land legs” and would consequently swagger on land. Shiver me timbers! Was used by pirates to express surprise or strong emotion.
sail ho! An exclamation meaning another ship is in view. The sail, of course, is the first part of a ship visible over the horizon.
Have you ever wondered why pirates say "Arrr"? We answer this burning question with help from National Geographic and American Profile. Pronounced also as “Yarrr!” and “Arg!”, the word “Arrr!” is traditionally said by pirates when responding "yes" or when expressing excitement.
The phrase is based on real nautical slang and is a reference to the timbers, which are the wooden support frames of a sailing ship. In heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to "shiver" the timbers, startling the sailors.
Many disguised themselves as men to be able to fit into pirate crews undetected. Female pirates were a minority – and openingly female pirates – even rarer. In today's popular culture you can find references to girl pirates, women pirates, she-pirates and so on.
(nautical) Interjection shouted by the ship's watch to inform the crew that land has been spotted.
Waves breaking over the bow would also wash the area and aid in keeping it clean. Modern sailors still refer to the bathrooms on ships as the “head,” which refers to this practice of going to the bathroom at the bow, or head of the ship.
“Ahoy there mates!” Arr – A pirate expression to show all kinds of emotions, approval, anger, annoyance and pain.
Pirate Greetings and Exclamations
Learn to say “hello” the pirate way! Avast ye! - Stop you!; pay attention! Savvy? - a question that means, “Do you understand?”
Avast Ye: A command meaning pay attention or listen. Aye, Aye: Yes, I understand.
Aye - "Yes" Aye aye - Conformation, taking order from the captain. Belay - Usually means to tie something down but pirates used it to prevent someone to do something.
The term was popularized by a (fictional) pirate shanty in the novel Treasure Island (1883) by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) – see the quotation – but appears in earlier songs of sailors.
Definition of 'yo-ho-ho'
1. an exclamation to call attention. another word for yo-heave-ho.
"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" is the theme song for the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. The music was written by George Bruns with lyrics by Xavier Atencio.
How did Pirates relieve themselves? In most ships there would be a place at the bow ( front end ) of the ship called the head. This was a hole in the floor to squat over. Faeces would fall directly into the sea below.
The key to creating a good pirate name is to start with a simple, yet expressive adjective, such as skinny, big or silly. Then add a similar sounding name after your chosen adjective. For example, Stinking Pete or Silly Shelly.
We quote verbatim: “The name originates from the French word for stern, la poupe, from Latin puppis. Thus the poop deck is technically a stern deck, which in sailing ships was usually elevated as the roof of the stern or “after” cabin, also known as the “poop cabin”.
(nautical) Shouted by the ship's watch to inform the crew that land has been spotted.
A: The word “land” in the exclamation “Good land!” is a euphemism for “Lord.” Some other examples of the usage, which the Oxford English Dictionary describes as an Americanism, are “Land's sake!” and “My land!” and “The land knows!”
Ship ahoy! (nautical) Used to hail a ship, a boat or a person, or to attract attention.
According to international law, piracy takes place outside the normal jurisdiction of a state, without state authority, and is private, not political, though acts of unlawful warfare, acts of insurgents and revolutionaries, mutiny, and slave trading have been defined as piracy by national laws of various countries or ...
To protect their backs from the hard labor on deck, sailors also commonly wore wide, supportive belts and a pirate sash was worn under the belt to absorb sweat and keep them cool.
Anne Bonny – At the top of the list is Anne Bonny, probably the most famous female pirate to sail during the Golden Age. She was a member of Calico Jack's crew, along with Mary Read, but it is said that the two women fought with more skill than any man on board the ship.