1. bdaggerlee says

    Ynd dow naught forgete alsow ye sodome, anowther connekshun. Ynd I speke as ye sodomite.

    Captain B. Dagger Lee

  2. says

    Pirates and academics are also akin because they speak an argot incomprehensible to outsiders. The explanation for the similarity in their use of language is that both scientists and pirates are polyglot comglomeration thrown together in cramped quarters, a paper in SCIENCE or the Jolly Rogers as the case may be. If your crew consists of Swedes, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Indians, Arabs, Caribs, and Lascars or, in the alternative, Hungarian matematicians, German-Jewish physicists, and Taiwanese statisticians, it’s no wonder that you have to resort to hand waving and obsenitites to keep your desperate crews in line. People just won’t admit how much Henry Morgan there was in J. Robert Oppenheimer.

  3. Umilik says

    I thought Lascars are (east) Indians – or are you referring to North American indians ? But were there any pirates among those ? Strikes me as unlikely.

  4. says

    The Lascars are mentioned in an early 19th century narrative by a guy named Trelawny (Adventures of Young Son). I actually shortened his list of nationalities: he mentions Mussulmans, Daccamen, and Cooleys (“samples of almost all the seafaring natives of India”). I found the quote in Louis-Jean Calvet’s book Towards an Ecology of World Languages. Calvet has a section on the linguistics of the pirate life.