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For last year's words belong to last year's language,
And next year's words await another voice.
TS Eliot
Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti

New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
Happy New Year

AM/PM Session - 19 September 2017 - The allure of pirates

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,120 Teacher
In celebration of ´talk like a pirate´day, we read about the allure of pirates:


Vocabulary Top 10:

untrammeled - not limited or restricted

ambiguous - not expressed or understood clearly; able to be understood in more than one way, having more than one possible meaning

thrive - to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed

patchwork - something that is made up of different things

notoriety - the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad

pamphlet - a small, thin book with no cover or only a paper cover that has information about a particular subject

compendium - a collection of things (such as photographs, stories, facts, etc.) that have been gathered together and presented as a group especially in the form of a book

evocative - bringing thoughts, memories, or feelings into the mind

shambolic - very messy or disorganized

deem - to think of someone or something in a particular way

Do you find pirates interesting?

What ´pirate talk´ do you know?


  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,071 mod
    I didn't know any of pirate talks, but by curiousity I have searched for it and ..... interesting!

    All hands hoay=Everyone get on the deck
    Avast ye=Pay attention
    Black spot=Death threat
    Dance the hempen jig=To hang someone
    Dungbie=Rear end
    Hempen halter=The noose used to hang people
    Hornswaggle=To cheat
    Shiver me timbers=An expression used to show shock or disbelief
    Abaft=Back area of the boat
    Binnacle=Where the compass is kept on board the ship
    Cackle fruit=Chicken eggs
    Coaming=A surface that prevented water on the deck from dripping to lower levels of the ship
    Duffle=A sailor's belongings
    Head=Toilet on board the ship
    Holystone=Sandstone that was used to scrub the ships
    Jacob's Ladder=Rope ladder that was used to climb aboard ships
    Monkey=Small cannon
    Monkey jacket=Short jacket worn by some of those aboard the ship
    Orlop=Deck where cables are stored away
    Poop deck=Deck that is the highest and farthest back
    Cockswain=The helmsman
    Flibustier=Pirates of the Golden Age
    Freebooter=Refers to an actual pirate
    Landlubber=A person who is not incredibly skilled at sea
    Powder monkey=A gunner's assistant
    Black jack=Large drinking cups
    Davy Jones' Locker=Refers to death
    Ahoy, matey=Hello, friend
    Batten down the hatches=A signal to prepare the ship for an upcoming storm
    Blimey!=Something said when one is in a state of surprise
    Blow the man down=A command which means to kill somebody
    Buccaneer=Name for a pirate
    Crow's nest=The place on the ship where the lookout stand is built
    Cutlass=Type of sword used by the pirates
    Feed the fish=Meaning that an individual or group of individuals will soon die
    Heave ho=Instruction to put some strength into whatever one is doing
    Jolly Roger=The famous pirate flag with a skull and crossbones on it
    Man-O-War=The name used for a pirate ship that is all set and ready to go to war
    Old salt=A sailor that has a great deal of experience on the seas
    Privateer=Pirates who are sponsored by the government
    Scallywag=A name that is used as an insult to someone
    Scuttle=To sink a ship
    Seadog=An old sailor or pirate
    Shark bait=Going to die soon
    Thar she blows!=An expression used when a whale is spotted from the ship
    Son of a biscuit eater=An insult
    Three sheets to the wind=Someone who is quite drunk
    Walk the plank=A punishment which entails someone who walks over the side of the ship off of the plank. Their hands are often tied so that they cannot swim and they drowned.
    Yo Ho Ho=There is often used to express some sort of cheer but also can be used to call attention to the speaker.

    Read more at http://reference.yourdictionary.com/resources/pirate-terms-phrases.html#7LWx9Ka6B4iIdv1O.99
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