Pirates are always popular. From children's stories like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson to classic swashbuckling films with Errol Flynn, or the recent Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies, pirates fascinate and captivate. They also have their own way of talking, and live in a world very different from our own. That's where this dictionary comes in. Here you'll find all the common words and phrases pirates used, and the stories of many famous pirates too.
Also spelled 'zebec', this is a small Mediterranean sailing vessel with three masts and square sails.
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A famous phrase in pirate fiction that did not actually happen in practice. Pirates rarely buried treasure of any form, preferring to spend their booty at the next port of call, usually on "wine, women, and song," so to speak.