the sky is gray
and the rain falls
my mind wonders to the sea
... the two seem to go hand in hand
you can't direct the wind
but you can adjust your sails
believe me, my young friend, there is nothing
•• absolutely nothing ••
half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats
Kenneth Grahame ~ Wind in the Willows
it's not the towering sail
but the unseen wind that moves the ship
hoist up the sail while the gale doth last
tide and wind stay at no man's pleasure
if a man is to be obsessed by something
I suppose a boat is as good as anything
perhaps a bit better than most
E B White
I'm not afraid of storms
for I'm learning how to sail my ship
Louisa May Alcott
How to be speakin' Pirate-like
- Double up on all your adjectives and you'll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of "a big ship", they call it a "great, grand ship!" They never say never, they say "No nay ne'er!"
- Drop all your "g"'s when you speak and you'll get words like "rowin'", "sailin'" and "fightin'". Dropping all of your "v"'s will get you words like "ne'er", "e'er" and "o'er".
- Instead of saying "I am", sailors say, "I be". Instead of saying "You are", sailors say, "You be". Instead of saying, "They are", sailors say, "They be". Ne'er speak in anythin' but the present tense!
- Ahoy: Hey!
- Avast: Stop!
- Aye: Yes
- Booty: treasure
- Buccaneer: a pirate who be answerin' to no man or blasted government.
- By the Powers!: an exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!
- Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom o' the sea, where the souls of dead men lie
- Doubloons: pieces of gold...
- Furner: a ship which be yer own, not one ye steal an' plunder.
- Gentlemen o' fortune: a slightly more positive term fer pirates!
- Grog: A pirate's favorite drink.
- Jack: a flag or a sailor
- Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!
- Landlubber: "Land-lover," someone not used to life onboard a ship.
- Lass: A woman.
- Lily-livered: faint o' heart
- Matey: A shipmate or a friend.
- Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.
- Scallywag: A bad person. A scoundrel.
- Scurvy dog!: a fine insult!
- Shiver me timbers!: an exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.
- Swaggy: a scurvy cur's ship what ye be intendin' to loot!
- Swashbucklin': fightin' and carousin' on the high seas!
- Walk the plank: this one be bloody obvious.
- Wench: a lady, although ye gents not be wantin' to use this around a lady who be stronger than ye.
- Yo-ho-ho: Pirate laughter