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Piratey Words!

Because Tuesday was Daniel's birthday International Talk Like A Pirate Day, the Wordsmith provide us with the definitions and origins of many Piratey words. I thought I'd share them with you lovely people because, well, you are lovely and deserve piratey words!

Without further ado!



buccaneer (buk-uh-NEER) noun

1. An unscrupulous adventurer in politics, business, etc.
2. A pirate.

[From French boucanier (buccaneer, barbecuer, hunter of wild ox),from boucan (a frame for smoking meat), from Tupi mukem.]


filibuster (FIL-uh-bus-tuhr) verb tr., intr.
1. To block or delay the passage of legislation, especially by making prolonged irrelevant speeches.
2. To block or delay something.
noun
Such a delaying tactic.

[Filibuster was another name for pirates in the "Golden Age of Piracy", from roughly 1650 to 1720. From Spanish filibustero, from French flibustier, from Dutch vrijbuiter (freebooter or pirate).]

Jolly Roger (JOL-ee ROJ-uhr) noun

The pirates' flag, showing a white skull and crossbones on a black background. Also known as the blackjack or black flag.

[The origin of the name Jolly Roger is uncertain.]

"Three men were eventually spotted, not in a three-master with a Jolly Roger flapping in the breeze, but in powerboat near Bayvista Lane."
Jonathan Jenkins; Pirates on the High ... Lake? Toronto Sun (Canada); Sep 9, 2006.

false colors (fawls KUL-uhrs) noun

Deceptive actions.

[When ships approached each other at sea, sailors would look to the flag to determine whether the other vessel was from a friendly or enemy nation. They'd often try to confuse the other by flying a false flag until they were close enough to attack.]

avast (uh-VAST) interjection

Stop (used as a command to stop or desist).

[From Dutch hou vast (hold fast), from houd vast.]



(PS - this is the post I put together yesterday)

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dracheitskara
Sep. 25th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
*cries* the pirate day supercedes me :0(
tenthz
Sep. 25th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Of course, your birthday is a UNIVERSAL holiday, but silly Word.A.Day mailing list did not send out words last week that had to do with your life. I made the suggestion!
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