The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues

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Writer's Digest Books, Mar 15, 2007 - Reference - 480 pages
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Ebbry-blastin'-theng ye needs must know-oo to lay tongue liker aargh-thentic pirate, by the devil's twisted tail.

Take a tour through the world of piracy with the only authoritative work on the pirate language. A comprehensive course in pirate vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax, The Pirate Primer contains three centuries of distinctive terms and usages uttered by (and attributed to) pirates in film, TV, literature, and history.

Discover more than 100 pages of threats, curses, oaths, insults, and epithets; 31 types of pirate drink; 60 different pirate terms for "woman"; 67 kinds of pirate torture and punishment; 44 distinct definitions of "aargh"; and more.

Each entry in the Primer is accompanied by an excerpt, so you can see the words and phrases used in proper context by actual pirates. And each linguistic concept is introduced by a related anecdote or narrative account, so you can live the language while you learn it.

Whether you're simply fascinated by the culture of the Brethren of the Coast or you fancy yourself a modern-day corsair, The Pirate Primer is your guide to authentic pirate speak. Should you ever stare down Davy Jones and he demands proof that you're one who flies no flag, despair not.

You'll be able to talk the talk, and no mistake.

 

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A fabulous book that will teach you all you need to know how to speak and be a pirate....hehe... An excellent source for research should you want to write a book with any mention of pirates in it. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
GREETINGS PARTINGS
CALLS
COMMANDS
THREATS
OATHS
CURSES
INSULTS
ARRGH
CHAPTER
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HOW TO SAY
CHAPTER
CONVERSIONS
2TheEcho
FUNCTIONAL FORMS

EPITHETS
RESPECTFUL ADDRESS
QUESTIONS REPLIES
TOASTS DECLAMATIONS
CONTRACTIONS
PARTS OF SPEECH
APPENDIXES
APPENDIX B SOUND LIST
PIRATE COMPANY ARTICLES
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

George Choundas lives and works in New York City. Educated at Emory University, he is a corporate litigator and former FBI agent. The Pirate Primer was inspired by a trolley ride he and his wife took in Key West, Florida during which a coarse shop owner charged after the sightseers on foot, swinging a cutlass and screaming pirate epithets.

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