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Old 06-21-2005, 10:23 PM
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Post The Pirate's Handbook

Since the call for it is in such high demand, I have created this handbook specifically for the sake of enchanced RPing on Graal Kingdoms.

Definitions are sorted as they would be in a dictionary, and will be listed alpabetically. I have chosen to omit numerous unimportant phrases and definitions from the listing, and also those whose content is very much unsuitable.

Slang (From Descriptionary)

Ankle biter - rug rat; toddler or baby.
Badger - to bug; to pester.
Ballocks - See bullocks.
Barmy - Foolish; crazy.
Berk - Idiot.
Bird - Female; girlfriend.
Biscuit - Cracker, cookie.
Bit of a knob - Creep; jerk.
Blast! - Damn!
Bleeding idiot - Frigging idiot.
Bloke - Guy, man.
Bloody - Frigging; damned.
Blooming - Euphemism for bloody; frigging.
Bobby - Policeman (Could be used to refer to Graal Police, perhaps.)
Bollocks - nonsense; crap. Also spelled Ballocks.
Bugger off! - Go away!
Bum - Butt.
Collywobbles - Butterflies in the stomach.
Crikey! - Holy mackeral! Holy crap!
Daft - Silly; stupid.
Diversion - Detour.
Dog's Breakfast / Dinner - A mess.
Dressing Gown - Robe.
Dust bin - Trash can (Could be used at places where there are such.)
Fairy Cake - Cupcake.
Flat - House (Or apartment.)
Football - Soccer (Also could be used to refer to the event.)
Fortnight - Two weeks.
Gangway - Aisle.
Gobsmacked - Surprised; shocked.
Guv'nor / Guv'na - Chief; Boss.
Herbert - A dull person.
Hire - To rent.
Holiday - Vacation.
Knackered - Tired.
Knickers in a twist - In a difficult or awkward situation.
Knock someone up - Wake someone up.
Loo - Bathroom; toilet.
Luv - Sweetheart; Darling.
Mad aleck - An overactive child; smart aleck.
Marks - Grades.
Mate - Friend.
Ministry - Department.
Mucking about / around - Messing around.
Nutter - Nutjob; nutcase; crazy person.
Pig's breakfast - A mess.
Pin board - Bulletin board.
Post - To mail.
Queue - Line.
Rubbish - Garbage.
Scally - An irresponsible miscreant. Originating from scalawag.
Shop - Store.
Sideboards - Sideburns.
Sod - Idiot.
Spot on - You've got it!
Spotty Herbert - A fool.
Sticky Wicket - Awkward situation.
Sweets - Candy.
Trainspotter - Nerd; geek.
Trousers - Pants.
Twit - Idiot.
Window Licker - Nut; nutcase.

Sailing Terminology (From Descriptionary.)

Abeam - At right angles to the ship.
All standing - All sails flying.
Aloft - Overhead.
Anchorage - A safe place to lay anchor.
Anchors aweigh - A directive to raise the anchor.
Aport - To the left side of the vessel.
Ashore - On shore.
Barnacles - Marine animals that attach themselves to the bottom of a ship.
Beach - To sail a vessel onto the shore.
Becalmed - Unable to move due to wind failure.
Bilge - The area beneath the cabin floor where water (bilge water) tends to collect.
Board - To get on or walk on a boat.
Bow - The front of a vessel.
Break ground - To break an anchor free from the sea bottom.
Breakwater - A barrier to protect a harbor from heavy seas.
Broach - To lose conrol of a boat.
Bulwarks - The raised sides of a vessel, above the upper deck.
Cabin - Living space below deck.
Cast off - Release Morring lines and set sail.
Course - Heading; direction.
Dead ahead - Directly ahead.
Deep-six - To throw something overboard.
Doldrums - Equatorial region of the ocean, notorious for its dead calms; the bane of sailors.
Ensign - A national flag / emblem.
Foul - To entangle.
Founder - The sinking of a boat as it fills with water.
Galley - A Kitchen.
Gangplank - A board set as a ramp between a vessel and the dock, to facilitate boarding.
Ghosting - Sailing when the wind is apparently absent.
Gunkholing - Sailing in shallow waters.
Hand - One of the crew.
Hatch - A doorway in a deck.
Heading - The direction the boat is sailing in.
Heave - Crew's pulling together.
Helmsman - The person who steers.
Hoist - To raise a sail.
Hold - The storage area below deck.
Labor - To roll and pitch in the heavy seas.
Landfall - The first sighting of land. (Also, "Land, ho!")
Lay up - To store a boat.
Log - Historical documentation.
Mast - The large vertical spar to which sails are attached.
Masthead - The top of the mast.
Moor - To tie up a boat.
Passage - A voyage from one place to another.
Piloting - Navigating.
Planing - Skimming across the water.
Plot - To draw out a course and bearings.
Port - The left side of a vessel when one is looking forward. Opposite of Starboard.
Porthole - A window.
Pulpit - The safety rail at the bow and stern.
Quarters - The living and sleeping space below deck.
Ready about - A directive to stand by to ready for coming about. (Turning.)
Regatta - Sailing races.
Rudder - The movable plate at the bottom or rear of a hull, used for sterring a boat.
Spar - A mast, boom, or bowspirit.
Starboard - The right side of a boat when facing forward. Opposite of Port.
Stern - The rear of a boat.
Strike - To lower a sail.
Swamp - To fill with water.
Take in - To lower a sail.
Tiller - A steering stick attached to a rudder.
Topside - On deck.
Turn turtle - To capsize; to turn completely up.
Wake - The foamy, turbulent weater left by a passing ship.
Weigh anchor - To raise the anchor.

18-19th Century Terminology (From Descriptionary)

Belay it - Much used saying for stop it or shut up.
Bilboes - Iron bars on the decks to which prisoners were shackled on some warships.
Blood Money - Money paid to fill vacancies on warships.
Caboose - A chimney housing in the cook's galley on a merchant ship. Also, the galley itself.
Coach - On a Man-of-war, a stern compartment used as captain's quarters.
Cobbing - Disciplinary action by tying a man down on deck and spanking him with a board.
Company - The crew of a ship.
Dog watch - Deck watch from 4 PM to 8 PM.
Ducking - Disciplinary action in which a man was dunked repeatedly in the sea while being hung from a yardarm.
Graveyard Watch - Deck watch from Midnight to 4 AM.
Grog - Rum diluted with water. A ration of the Royal Navy.
Hard tack - Slang for a ship's biscuits.
Keel hauling - Disciplinary action in which a man was pulled underneath the keel of a ship by ropes from one side to another.
Lazarette - A quarantine room for persons with contagious diseases. Also used as a holding room for troublemakers or as a storeroom.
Magazine - On a Man-Of-War, a storeroom for gunpowder and other explosives.
Marry the Gunner's Daughter - To be flogged on a Royal Navy vessel.
Mess deck - A deck on which the crew took its meals. Also, a mess room.
Mustering - Calling a crew together for a drill or inspection.
Portage - Seaman's wages for one voyage.
Powder Room - Compartment where gunpowder was kept on a Man-Of-War.
Ram Bow - On a Man-Of-War, a bow equipped with an iron or bronze projection for ramming enemy vessels.
Salt horse - Salted beef; a staple of seamen.
Scuttle - A small hatchway, usually fitted with a lid.
Shanghai - To capture a sailor from another vessel to enlist him on duty on another vessel.
Shanty - A song sung by the crew in order to keep the work in unison.
Sick bay - A medical compartment for persons with injuries or illnesses.
Slops - Extra clothes kept on board for sailors too poor to have their own changes of clothes.

General Terms (Various websites. This part isn't handwritten, thank god. Nor is it entirely alphabetical.)

Privateer - An armed vessel sailing under the commission of a sovereign power against the enemy.
Buccaneer - A piratical adventurer of the sea. A person who plunders at the sea, or land from the sea. Also written buccaneer.
Mariner - One whose responsibility it is to help in navigating a vessel.
Merchant ship - A ship that is involved in trade/commerce. A cargo ship.
Vessel - A general name for a hollow structure made to float in water for navigation, or travel purposes.
Galleon - A large square masted vessel of the 1500's used for war, or commerce.
Booty - Goods obtained illegally. Spoils obtained as a result of war or battle.
Bounty - Reward or payment, usually from a government, for the capture of a criminal.
Loot - Gold, money, or other goods obtained illegally
Plunder - The act of pillaging or robbery.
Cutlass - A short, heavy, single edged sword, once used predominantly by sailors.
Mutiny - To rise against authority, particularly a naval or military power.
Maroon - Isolate, and resource less. Sailors would leave mutinous shipmates on deserted islands, without any means of survival.
Jolly Roger - Typically a black flag bearing drawn white bones; indicates a pirate ship
Ahoy! - "Hello!"
Avast! - Stop and give attention.
Aye! - Yes, I agree, etc.
Aye, aye! - Yes, I will attend to it quickly.
Arrrr! - Not to be confused with "Aye." It can be used simply as a sound to express one's feelings without the use of words.
Beauty - The best possible pirate address for a woman.
Bilge rat - The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. Itís loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship.
Bung hole - Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole.
Hornpipe - Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do.
Lubber - (or land lubber) This is the seamanís version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land.
Smartly - Do something quickly.
Peg Leg - A piece of wood used to replace a sailor's missing appendage.
Hook - Same as above, except formed of metal into the forementioned shape.
Cannon - Duh. I shouldn't have to explain this.

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Old 06-21-2005, 10:27 PM
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Very nice, I made something similar for the Samurai members. =]
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Glad to see some good RP defining here. Let's see it put to action now!

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I am now asking why I didn't just request to have this stickied.
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Alan probably will. Or at least I hope he does. My hands were really hurting after the sections I had to type. (The ones from the Descriptionary.)
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