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"See, the Pelegostos believe that Jack is a god in human form, and they intend to do him the honor of releasing him from his fleshy prison. They'll roast him and eat him."
Joshamee Gibbs to Will Turner[src]

The act of one individual of a species eating all or part of another individual of the same species as food.


"They will probably shoot cannonballs at us. Hide in one of the clear spaces. The ship may bounce around. Barrels may topple. Just find the best place, and stay there."
Jack Sparrow to Amenirdis, Tarek, and Shabako[src]

A missile, usually round and made of iron or steel, designed to be fired from a cannon.


"Well, well. Jack Sparrow, isn't it?"
Captain Jack Sparrow, if you please, sir."
"Well, I don't see your ship, Captain."
"I'm in the market, as it were.
Jack Sparrow and James Norrington[src]

The master of a ship, the captain was responsible for its safety and oversaw its crew.

Captain's Log[]

The log of the Santiago.

"I, Captain Jack Sparrow, being recently possessed of a ship, a crew and a hat, do take it upon me from this day forth to faithfully and truthfully recount our adventures on the high seas and lowly streets in this Captain's Log."
―Excerpt from Jack Sparrow's log[src]

A personal journal kept by the captain of a ship, recounting the crew's exploits and discoveries. Jack Sparrow kept a log aboard the Barnacle.[1]


"And to what do I owe the pleasure of your carbuncle?"
Jack Sparrow to Bootstrap Bill Turner[src]

A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin, commonly referring to a red, infected spot. Also a deep-red garnet or precious stone. [1]


"She'll cut quite a figure, eh, mate?"
"The masts look to be in good shape. We'll need to go over all her canvas."
"First, though, we've got to get her hull shipshape. We'll take her up one of the Calabar's tributaries half a mile, and careen her on one of those nice sandy banks.
Jack Sparrow and Robert Greene[src]

Careening a ship is the practice of beaching it at high tide. This is usually done in order to expose one side or another of the ship's hull for maintenance and repairs below the water line when the tide goes out. This practice is also known as to "hove down".


"I'll haul any cargo you assign me, even powder, dangerous as that can be. But I won't transport slaves."
Jack Sparrow to Cutler Beckett[src]

Material goods carried by a ship. Jack Sparrow was assigned to transport a cargo of slaves by Cutler Beckett.


"What be you called?"
"The brightest star in the North gave me my name."
"That would be Carina.
Hector Barbossa and Carina Smyth[src]

A constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the hull or keel of a ship, and it was the southern foundation of the larger constellation of Argo Navis (the ship Argo) until it was divided into three pieces, the other two being Puppis (the poop deck), and Vela (the sails of the ship).


"One of the men I’ve used before, Samuel Newton by name, has agreed to sign on for the voyage. He’s never sailed before, except as a passenger, but he was apprenticed to a carpenter, so he’s got a very useful skill."
Ian Mercer to Cutler Beckett[src]

A person who makes and repairs wooden objects and structures. The main job of the ship's carpenter was to care for the hull and well being of the ship.


A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.


To turn the head of a vessel, commonly away from the wind, in getting under way.[2]

Cast off[]

To throw the mooring lines back onto the dock in preparation for a sailing vessel to get underway.[3]

Cat o' nine tails[]

"Me tongue feels like a strip cut from a cat."
"No, mate, leather. A cat o' nine tails. Used for floggings at sea. Nasty things.
Jack Sparrow and Ian Mercer[src]

The cat o' nine tails is a type of multi-tailed whipping device that originated as an implement for severe physical punishment, notably used by pirates and members of the British Royal Navy.

Cat's out of the bag[]

"The cat's out of the bag, Mister Turner!"
Davy Jones to Bootstrap Bill Turner[src]

Old navy slang meaning the cat o' nine tails has been taken out of its bag, and is undoubtedly going to be used on someone.[2] Also an idiomatic expression meaning a secret has been revealed.


"I have a report. The Spanish have located the Fountain of Youth. I will not have some melancholy Spanish Monarch—a Catholic—gain eternal life!"
King George II[src]

A member of a Catholic church.


Abbreviation of The Curse of the Black Pearl, first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Also TCotBP, CotBP or Curse.


"Actually, I, um...I had hoped you might wear it for the ceremony today."
"The ceremony?"
"Captain Norrington's promotion ceremony."
"I knew it."
Commodore Norrington, as he's about to become."
Weatherby Swann and Elizabeth Swann[src]

An event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion.

Chain shot[]

"Load your guns with chain shot! Aim for their rigging -- we must slow them down!"
Jack Sparrow[src]

Two cannonballs or half-cannonballs joined by a chain; fired at an enemy ship to destroy its rigging.


"Oh, yes. Chapeau, mate."
―A Jack Sparrow in a hallucination from the real Jack Sparrow in the brig after telling him he successfully arrived aboard the Flying Dutchman as a part of his overall scheme[src]

In French, used to express appreciation.


A chaplain is a member of the clergy commonly serving a group of people not organized as a mission or church. Chaplains were often attached to a ship's crew. A chaplain served aboard the scuttled ship.[3]


"And then they made me their chief."
Jack Sparrow to Mullroy and Murtogg[src]

A chief was a leader or head of a group of people. Jack Sparrow was the chief of the Pelegostos, a title later given to the Prison Dog.


"But if I might offer an exceedingly simple solution; don't save your father."
"I have to. I can't turn my back on him"
Can't is a matter of fact. You can if you want, but you won't. That makes it a matter of choice. That's what life is, boyo: choices. Out of all the things you can do, what will you do? If I might lend a machete to your intellectual thicket...avoid the choice altogether. Change the facts."
Jack Sparrow and Will Turner[src] (deleted scene)

An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision. Anything that can be chosen. The best or most preferable part.


Carina Smyth's chronometer.

"There is a blood moon coming. I simply need to purchase... a chronometer. I'll pay you double for selling to a woman."
Carina Smyth to George Swift[src]

A timepiece or timing device with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy, for use in determining longitude at sea or for any purpose where very exact measurement of time is required.


"You don't happen to be in possession of two Silver Chalices, circa Ponce de León?"
"Ha, thought not."
Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]

Circa, often abbreviated as ca., ca, or c., rarely as cca. or cir, was a term used to mean approximately, around, near, or about a certain date.


"Ye not be very well read in the classics."
Hector Barbossa to Pintel and Ragetti[src]

Another name for the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome during Classical Antiquity.


Cleaver is a squarish, heavy knife used by butchers for hacking through bones.


"On our return to Port Royal, I granted you clemency. And this is how you thank me? By throwing in your lot with him? He's a pirate!"
"And a good man.
Weatherby Swann and Will Turner[src]

Clemency refers to amnesty and pardons; means the forgiveness of a crime or the cancellation (in whole or in part) of the penalty associated with it. It is a general concept that encompasses several related procedures: pardoning, commutation, remission and reprieves.


"Impersonating a cleric of the church of England."
"Ah, yeah.
Port Royal clerk and Jack Sparrow[src]

A cleric, often referred to as clergyman, is a member of the clergy, especially one who was a priest, missionary or other religious professional.


One who occupationally works with records, accounts, letters, etc.


"Wait! We can still use them as clubs!"

A short staff or stick, usually made of wood, wielded as a weapon.


"They're clubhaulin'! Hard to port! Rack the starboard oars."
Hector Barbossa to Bo'sun[src]

A risky maneuver whereby a ship tacks (turns sharply into the wind) by dropping one of the front anchors, the intent being to snag the anchor on the seabed and use the ship's momentum to swing it around faster than could otherwise be accomplished.


"Give it to 'em again lads...Aye, that'll show the bilge rats. Avast, ya scurvy scum! Run up yer white flag!"
"We will never surrender! ¡Cobardes!"
"Very well, then! Give 'em a broadside! Pound 'em lads! Pound 'em!
Pirate Captain and Spanish soldiers[src] (pre-2006 revamp)

Cobardes is a Spanish term meaning "coward".


A secure box, often watertight, for storing a ship's treasury; a ship's "official" treasure chest.

Come about[]

"Hands, come about! Run out the guns!"
Theodore Groves[src]

To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen. In nautical terms, it means to tack; to change tack; to maneuver the bow of a sailing vessel across the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other; to position a boat with respect to the wind after tacking; to bring the ship full way around in the wind. Used in general while sailing into the wind, but also used to indicate a swing back into the enemy in combat.


"Commandeer. We are going to commandeer that ship. Nautical term."
Jack Sparrow[src]

To seize by force, usually for military use.[4] Captain Jack Sparrow and William Turner comandeered the HMS Inteceptor.[4]


"What were you doing in a Spanish convent, anyway?!"
"Mistook it for a brothel. Honest mistake.
Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]

A religious community whose members, (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows. Angelica, the daughter of Blackbeard, spent her early life in a convent.


"Clergyman. On the off chance that this does not go well for me, I would like it noted here and now that I am fully prepared to believe in whatever I must, so that I may be welcomed into that place where all the goody-goodies get to go. Savvy?"
"We have a word for that, Jack. You can convert."
"I was thinking more of an as-needed basis.
Jack Sparrow and Philip Swift[src]

A person who has converted his or her religion or who was in favor of something that he or she previously opposed or disliked. Philip Swift once suggested that Jack Sparrow convert after the pirate asked for a way into Heaven.


"Aye, the Cook. Perfect."
Blackbeard shortly before punishing the Cook[src]

A person who prepares food for consumption.


A person trained to make wooden casks, barrels, vats, buckets, tubs, troughs and other similar containers from timber staves that were usually heated or steamed to make them pliable.


"We bid 400!"
"We formed a corporation.
Atencio and the Auctioneer[src]

A company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity.


"I'm gonna teach you the meaning of pain!"
"Do you like pain? Try wearing a corset.
Jacoby and Elizabeth Swann[src]

A woman's foundation garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust. Elizabeth Swann once wore a corset for James Norrington's promotion.


Abbreviation for The Curse of the Black Pearl, the first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Other abbreviations for The Curse of the Black Pearl include TCotBP, CBP, or Curse.


A coxswain or cockswain was at first the swain (boy servant) in charge of the small cock or cockboat that was kept aboard for the ship's captain and which was used to row him to and from the ship. With the passing of time the coxswain became the helmsman of any boat, regardless of size.


A person of Spanish heritage born in the Caribbean. From the Spanish "criadillo", meaning "bred" or "brought up".[2] Minuit was a Creole.[5]


Also stylized as Cryer, it is an officer who proclaims the orders or directions of a court, or who gives public notice by loud proclamation; as, a town crier.


Pirate slang for a swindler or a member of a naval press-gang. [5] Also the name of one of Jack Sparrow's crewmen: Crimp.[3]

Crow's nest[]

Henry Turner in the crow's nest of the Black Pearl.

"Me have one arm and a bum leg."
"It's the crow's nest for you.
Crippled man to Joshamee Gibbs[src]

A platform or shelter for a lookout at or near the top of a ship's mast. [6]


"Come on you filthy, slimy, mangy cur..."
Jack Sparrow to Prison Dog[src]

A mongrel dog, especially a worthless or unfriendly one. Also used in reference to a mean or cowardly person. Jack Sparrow once called the Prison Dog a cur. [7]

A bundle of currency is exchanged.


"No doubt you've discovered that loyalty is no longer the currency of the realm, as your father believes."
"Then what is?"
"...I'm afraid currency, is the currency of the realm.
Cutler Beckett and Elizabeth Swann[src]

Money or other items used to facilitate transactions; Paper money; a countable unit which symbolize real value Acceptance or use.


"Curse you for breathing, you slack-jawed idiot!"
Joshamee Gibbs[src]

A curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity, inflicted by any supernatural powers.

Cut out the middle man[]

"Although, if I kill you, then I can use the compass to find Shipwreck Cove, is it, on my own. Cut out the middle man, as it were."
Cutler Beckett to Jack Sparrow[src]

"Cut out the middle man" is a known phrase, which means to go straight to the source, instead of getting someone to go for you. Cutler Beckett was considering to kill Jack Sparrow in order to use Sparrow's compass to find Shipwreck Cove.

A cutlass


"Our ships are in pursuit, and justice will be dispensed by cannonade and cutlass, and all manner of remorseless pieces of metal. I personally find it distasteful to even contemplate the horror facing all those on board."
Cutler Beckett[src]

A cutlass is a slashing sword that is short, thick, and slightly curved. It was often used at sea by sailors and pirates.

Cutlasses were favored by sailors due to their small size and ease of use. The weapon was commonly used for cutting ropes, canvas and wood, and in battle for close quarter combat and boarding actions. They were reportedly still in use by the Royal Navy as late as 1941, and in Korea by a US Marine. Reports also indicate that the weapon was used as early as 1667 by French Pirate François l'Ollonais.[citation needed]


"There be varied insubstantial dangers along the way. Including, but not limited to, zombies, cutthroats, mermaids...you wouldn't be interested joining me, would you. Eh?"
Jack Sparrow[src] (featurette)

A murderer, especially one who cuts throats; also an unprincipled, ruthless person. [8] Cutthroats were known to frequent the Faithful Bride in Tortuga.[1]

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