Well, in honor of the theme of Quintspinner and Deadly Misfortune I’m going to depart from my usual Chapter preview (Don’t worry! The next installment will be coming later this week – check back for that on Friday). TK McEachin, author and host of Blogtalk radio, (https://www.facebook.com/theelementsbookI ) brought it to my attention that September 19th is “Talk Like A Pirate” day.
Really. I kid you not. How cool is that? And a couple of fellows ( the originators) have a great site just bursting with pirate talk. Check it out here: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/howto.html#basicAvast .
My own library is bursting with reference books on pirates, ships, and lifestyles in the 1700’s. And so, here’s a practical list of piratical terms and phrases for you to use all day long. Enjoy!
- “I’m all seized over with joy at seeing your friendly physiognomy again.” (Greeting as in “I’m happy to see you”.) (Wouldn’t you just love to sound this intelligent first thing in the morning?)
- “Stand by to go about.” (Wait just a minute.)
- “Get windward of it.” (Be careful.)
- “Scupper this.” (Get rid of this.)
- “Arrgh.” (“Yes.” any affirmative.)
- “Fer the moment, ye be a pestiferous boil.” (You’re annoying me.)
- “What maggot be burying under your periwig” (What’s wrong?)
- “Fair wind and a quick eye to you.” (Good luck)
- “There’s one whats fond, feckless, and fishbait to boot.” (That one’s useless.)
- “May ye have soft repose and pleasant dreams.” (Good night.)
Now how easy is THAT to be bilingual for a day?