September 19, 2009


The Official Text:


Well Blow Me Down: A Guys Guide to Talking Like a Pirate

Well Blow Me Down: A Guys Guide to Talking Like a Pirate (Paperback)

by John Baur (Author), Mark Summers (Author)


 Published by

The Pirate Guys, LLC

840 Broadway S.W.

Albany, OR  97321


ISBN  1-59571-022-1





1.  Avast - Stop and give attention


2.  Ahoy - Hello


3.  Aye - yes


4.  Aye Aye - “I’ll get right on that, sir”

    (said to a superior)


5.  Arr - can mean variously “yes”,

    “I agree”, “I’m happy”








Things a person could be:


Do I look Blood Thirsty Here?


1.  Barnacle - This is a family of hard-shelled sea animals that attach themselves to rocks or ship hulls.  They can cause significant damage to bottom of a wooden ship and so must be scraped off.  In pirate talk, calling a person a barnacle is, if not a compliment, at least a sign of respect, or even manly affection.



2.  Beauty - The best possible pirate statement to a woman.  Always preceded by “me” as in “C’mere, me beauty.”


3. Bilge rat - The bilge is the lowest level of the ship.  It is loaded with weights to keep the ship from tipping over at sea and slimy water.  A bilge rat is a rat that lives in the bilge of a ship.


4.  Boarders - Pirates with knives clenched in their teeth going from their ship to the deck of their opponent’s ship.


5.  Bloody - An adjective indicating disapproval.  This actually is an offensive term in some English-speaking countries.


6.  Bosun - A shortened form of “boatswain”, a ship’s lowest officer.


7.  Brethren of the Coast - A name the pirates of the Caribbean gave themselves.


  8.  Buccaneer - From a French work, buccanier, literally meaning “one who hunts wild pork”. 


  9.  Bucko - Friend, mate, buddy.  Works well with the possessive “me” in front, as in “Well done, me bucko”


 10.  Cap’n - This is a title of respect, the rank of a person who commands a ship.


 11.  Corsair - Another name for a pirate...possibly more often applied to pirates of the Barbary Coast.


12.  Freebooter - Another word for pirate


13.  Lubber - Incompetent sailor or oaf


14.  Laddie  - A term of affection with a touch of paternalism


15.  Lassie - Diminutive for girl, woman

                  or sweetheart


16.  Matey - A shipmate, a friend or buddy


17.  Me - Used in place of “my”


18.  Salt or salty - Someone who is wise

                          to the ways of the sea


19.  Sea dog - A seasoned, hardened,

                      hard-core sailor

 20.  Shark bait - A person who has been thrown overboard without benefit of a life jacket


 21.  Skipper - Same as cap’n but with a mocking connotation


 22.  Swashbuckler - One who engages in showy heroics


 23.  Wench - A saucy woman, typically of a lower class


24.      Ye - An archaic form of “you”


You will have to purchase the book to define the remaining terms below:


Share the Booty

Things That Are Things


1. Aft

2. Ale

3. Belaying Pin

4. Bilge

5. Black Spot

6. Booty

7. Bowsprit


 8. Brace

 9. Brass monkey

10. Broadside

11. Bung hole    

12. Cannon

13. Cat ‘o’ nine tails

14. Chantey

15. Chumbucket

16. Cutlass

17. Crow’s nest

18. Davey Jones Locker

19. Deadlights

20. Deck

21. Doubloon

22. Dungbie

23. Fathom

24. Fugurehead

25. Foc’s’le

26. Galley

27. Gibbet

28. Glory hole

29. Grog


30. Gunwales, or


31. Hemper halter

32. Hornpipe

33. Jack Ketch

34. Jolly Roger

35. Kelp

36. Knot

37. Kraaken

38. League

39. Letter of marque

40. Lubber hole

41. Lubber line

42. Madagascar

43. Mizzenmast

44. Moses’ Law

45. On the account

46. Piece of eight

47. Pirate rounds, The

48. Plank

49. Plunder

50. Poop


51. Prow

52. Quarter

53. Quarterdeck

54. Rum

55. Salmagundi

56. Scut

57. Scut work

58. Scuttlebutt

59. Scurvy

60. Sealegs

61. Seven Seas

62. Skull and crossbones

63. Spanish Main

64. Spar

65. Spyglass

66. Treasure

67. West Indies

68. Yarsarm

69. Zanzibar







Things you can do:


 1. Bass

 2. Belay

 3. Blow me down

 4. Careen

 5. Dance the hempen jig

 6. Haul a jib

 7. Haul in the mainsheet

8. Heave to

9. Hornswoggle

10. Keelhaul

11. Measure the chains

12. Plunder

13. Shiver me timbers

14. Smartly

15. Splice the mainbrace




16. Stow

17. Swab

18. Swing the lead

19. Tales, dead men tell no

20. Take a caulk

21. Walk the Plank

22. Weigh the Anchor

I am formerly a member of the crew of the Samuel Bellamy in Tampa. We sailed eight parades a year, dressed in our costumes on our two pirate ship floats. Since I moved the Jacksonville, I had to become an honorary ex-member. The web site for the our crew is:



National Geographic Channel ran a special called “Code of the Pirates”. It featured Samuel Bellamy, but some of the facts of the documentary and what we have posted on our web site differs:




However, I still love to play Pirate. Can you find me?




At FCCJ’s Family Literacy Festival in 2007:



A mural on the wall of Rum Factory in the Caribbean: 


And don’t forget the Tampa Bay Bucs: