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Greetings, fellow travellers.
While doing some research for a certain fanzine, I discovered this site with a nice list of nautical terms, I thought I'd share with you:
Several extremely important nautical terms are missing from the list! I give you:
Shiver me timbers!
Hard to starboard!
Batten down the hatches!
And there's got to be a ton of other piratey terms I forgot. Help me out here! ;)
For all terms piratey (is that a word?) I highly recommend The Pirate Primer by George Choundas.
Not only does it tell you more than you will ever want to know about how-to-speak-like-a-pirate, but it also includes a great deal of information on things like ships, pirate punishments, food, drink, and many other related subjects. The book's "References" section also serves as a pretty good bibliograhy and filmography for most of the classic pirate films, novels and histories.
It's readily available online, and cheap - I got several copies for my players at $4.00 each, shipping included.