Thursday, June 07, 2012

ahoy! ..♦♦♦..

 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
Robert Southwell

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


Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Lisa, it's apparent you love the sea--I do you sail?

windrock studio said...

I'll be rememberin' about adjustin' me sails, fer sure! best advice I've had lately.

Louise said...

I recently adjusted my sails, it feels damn good. :) I love this insightful post.

andrea creates said...

great quotes! i need to learn to adjust my sails more often :)
love your nautical treasury!

Valerie Boersma said...

I love this post-it's so fun! I can speak pirate naturally you see, because my birthday is September 19th-National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I love the quotes and gorgeous pictures you assembled as well-and that chair-that wonderful chair!!

Have a great weekend, me hearty:)

found and sewn said...

Love this! I'm going to speak pirate like all weekend, Yo ho ho!

koralee said...

Such a sweet post....I love all the navy in your collage today too..and that chair! Pure joy. xoxo

kt40s said...

i be so talking pirate now! i love this whole post!

...Nina Nixon... said...

Ohhhhh I can so relate to all of those pirate sayings....wish I'd remembered a few of them last week..

Nina x

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful post!!! take a look on my blog and if you like we can follow each other?
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥