The Pirate Primer

The Pirate Primer

Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues

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Baker & Taylor
An entertaining and comprehensive guide to pirate language explores the unique vernacular of English-speaking pirates in a reference that includes information on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax, along with historical examples of pirate speech and dialogue. 15,000 first printing.

Book News
Just the thing to alleviate those awkward moments in Talk Like a Pirate Day, this cunningly designed handbook (or pocket guide if you assume a pirate's costume) gives the under-informed a chance at differentiating "aft here" from "aft with," a situation in which a mistake could cause a gutting. Litigator Choundas, whose day job qualifies him right off, supplies what to say and how to say it, including greetings, calls, commands, threats, oaths, curses, insults, epithets, respectful address, retorts, questions and replies, toasts and declamations, contractions, cultural terms, and the many variants of the infamous "arrgh" (Choundas never explains why it is never "vvvvv," which is just as well). He also gives pronunciation, wrong talk, conversions, structural norms, functional forms and parts of speech along with a vocal sound list. The result is a very gentlemanly approach to hundreds of very ungentlemanly entries and literary applications. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

F+W Publishing

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.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781582974897
Branch Call Number: 910.45 C458p 2007
Characteristics: 469 p. ; 24 cm


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