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Habeas corpus[]

"Right to habeas corpus; suspended."

A writ requiring a person to be brought before a court commonly for investigation of a restraint of the person's liberty, used as a protection against illegal imprisonment. [1] This was one of the statutes suspended by Lord Cutler Beckett during his attempt to eradicate piracy.[1]


"Wait! Lower your cannons! I traded for them fair and square, meaning I can do as I like, including resell at profit. It says so right over here in the hallowed Pirate Code!"
"Aye, the Code be the law as always. And woe to anyone who shows it any disrespect.
Auctioneer and Mungard[src]

Honor as holy. Make holy; consecrate.

Jack Sparrow hallucinating


"He thinks we're a hallucination."
"William, tell me something. Have you come because you need my help to save a certain distressing damsel, or rather, damsel in distress? Either one."
"Well, then, you wouldn't be here, would you? So you can't be here. Q.E.D., you're not really here.
Will Turner and Jack Sparrow[src]

A sensory perception of something that does not exist, arising from disorder of the nervous system, as in delirium tremens; a delusion. Jack Sparrow began hallucinating while he was in Davy Jones' Locker, which all he hallucinated were various versions of himself.


"Tell you what, Mr. Prescott, why don’t you take yourself off and get a bit of extra shut-eye? I’ll take the rest of your watch."
"Why, thankee, Cap’n, that’d be most kind of ye. I’ll just nip off to me hammock, then.
Jack Sparrow and Roger Prescott[src]

A sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting.


"Hands, come about. Roll out the guns."
Theodore Groves to the Sailors[src]

Name for the crew on a ship.


"And for these crimes, you have been sentenced to be, on this day, hung by the neck until dead. May God have mercy to your soul."
Port Royal clerk[src]

A form of execution, widely used for punishing pirates in the Age of Piracy. The convict stood with a rope around his neck on a trapdoor which was suddenly opened or on a chair or barrel which was kicked away, so that he fell down and the rope broke his neck and/or strangulated him. The corpses of the executed were often hanged on a gibbet at the coast as a warning for other criminals.[2]

Hangman's noose[]

The noose at the gallows in Fort Charles

"I trust you can tie a noose."
"It's a hard thing. Forcing a man to twist his own hanging rope.
Hector Barbossa and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

The hangman's noose is a well-known knot most often associated with its use in hanging a person.


A harbor is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored.


"Harridan! You'll see no mercy from me."
"That's why I brought this.
Davy Jones and Elizabeth Turner[src]

A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman. It was more commonly used as an insult to women.


"It's not like that, sir. This ship is haunted."
Bursar to Captain Bellamy[src]

Inhabited or frequented by ghosts.


"So...do we have a heading?"
"Ah! A heading. Set sail in a general...that way direction.
Marty and Jack Sparrow[src]

The direction into which a seagoing vessel's bow is pointing and/or the direction into which it is actually moving.


A term to refer to fellowship among sailors.

Heathen God[]

"And so the heathen gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse."
Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann[src]

A heathen god was any god (or goddess) that is not of the Christian, Jewish or Muslim faith. The known heathen gods include the gods who cursed the treasure of Cortés, and the sea goddess Calypso.


"Don't be a fool. Mermaids are all female, son. And lovely as a dream of heaven. But when it comes time to churn butter, so to speak, they snatch a sailor out of a boat or off the deck of a ship, have their way, and then the sailors are pulled to bottom, and drowned, and eaten."

The paradise of the afterlife in certain religions, considered to be the home of the god or gods of those religions, and often the home, or one of various possible homes, of souls of deceased people.


"Worry about your own fortunes, gentlemen. The deepest circle of hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers."
Jack Sparrow to Koehler and Twigg[src]

In many mythological, folklore and religious traditions, hell is a place of eternal torture and punishment in an afterlife, often after resurrection.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned[]

"Or... uhhh... as my... learned colleague so naively suggests, we can release Calypso, and we can pray that she will be merciful—I rather doubt it. Can we, in fact, pretend that she is anything other than a woman scorned, like which fury Hell hath no? We cannot."
Jack Sparrow[src]

A proverb meaning a woman will make someone suffer if they reject her. First written as "Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd." in the 1697 play The Mourning Bride. Jack Sparrow referenced it during the Fourth Brethren Court.

James Sterling at the helm of the Nemesis


"Mr. Sparrow, you will accompany these fine men to the helm and provide us with a bearing to Isla de Muerta."
James Norrington to Jack Sparrow[src]

The part of the ship where the steering wheel or the steering pole is located. Normally the helm is located on the Quarterdeck.


"What Code is Gibbs to keep to if the worst should happen?"
"Pirate's Code. Any man who falls behind is left behind."
"No heroes amongst thieves, eh?
Will Turner and Jack Sparrow[src]

A hero (masculine) or heroine (feminine) refers to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity. This definition originally referred to martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.


"Now appearing before the court, the notorious and infamous pirate, pillager, and highwayman, Captain Jack Sparrow!"

A thief who robs travelers on a road.


"So, whoever possesses the heart of Davy Jones...commands Davy Jones."
"And with that—the
Flying Dutchman."
"You have changed the course of history, Mister Norrington.
Cutler Beckett and James Norrington[src]

A branch of knowledge that studies the past; record or narrative description of past events.


"I'm on a tight schedule, Gibbs. The HMS Providence sets sail at first light, and if you do not care to watch it hanging here dead with a mouthful of flies...speak now."
Hector Barbossa to Joshamee Gibbs[src]

Acronym for His or Her Majesty's Ship, a title prefixed to vessels of the British Royal Navy.[3] Vessels such as the Dauntless, Interceptor[4], Endeavour[5], and Providence[6] carried the title.


"The pirates come out, unprepared and unawares, we catch 'em in the crossfire, send them down to see Old Hob."
Mullroy to Murtogg[src]

Also Old Hob; archaic nickname for the Devil. [2] Mullroy spoke this name prior to the battle on the HMS Dauntless,[7] possibly as a reference to Davy Jones, the devil of the seas.

Hoist the colors[]

"Hoist the colors!"
"Aye. The wind's on our side, boys. That's all we need!
Pintel and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

To raise the flag of a pirate ship; used as a call to arms by the Brethren Court in the song of the same name.[1]


"Hola. Come. Little drink?"
"Wine, music, candlelight...I think we've traveled down this road before, Jack.
Jack Sparrow to Angelica[src]

A Spanish term, meaning "hello", or some other friendly greeting.


The lowest chambers in the interior of the ship's hull. Used for storing cargo, prisoners, leakage, and the ship's population of rats.


A map of Holland.

Holland, also called The Netherlands, is a country located on the western border of Germany. During the Age of Piracy, Holland was one of the world leaders in trade and possesed many colonies in the Caribbean Sea and other areas. Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III was given a telescope made in Holland. Fitzwilliam's watch, the Timekeeper, was also fabricated there.


"My name is Cap'n Barbossa. I stand before you with cordial intent."
"Aye, cordial intent. Do you hear that? This pirate wishes to be cordial. So let me show what my cordiality is, hombre. Every time I tap my sword, one of your men will die, so I suggest you speak quickly.
Hector Barbossa and Armando Salazar[src]

The Spanish word for "man".

Honest streak[]

"There's more beneath the watermark here than meets the eye, hmm? [sighs] You used to have an honest streak. Let a man know where he stood with you, but I can't figure this at all."
"Where did that honest streak end me up? Dead.
Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src] (deleted scene)

Any behavior of where you stood in a situation. Jack Sparrow was known to have an honest streak.


"Me men and meself will go ashore. The scurvy traitor will be yours - on me honor."
"Honor? What honor, hombre? What honor? You don't know what honor is.
Hector Barbossa and Armando Salazar[src]

Adherence to action or principles considered right.


"Please tell Mr. Montgomery that the Honorable Frederick Penwallow, Baron Mayfaire, is here to see him, and that my father, Lord Penwallow, sends his greetings."
Jack Sparrow under the guise of Frederick Penwallow[src]

An honorific style that is used before the names of certain classes of people. In Great Britain all sons and daughters of viscounts and barons and the younger sons of earls were styled with this prefix.


Jack Sparrow threatens Angelica with a hook.

"When I asked him later on how he was managing without the hand, he said that it wasn't so bad, the hook was as good as a dagger in a fight."
Don Rafael on James[src]

The hook is a rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment. A pirate named James had a hook on his hand.


This pirate flag shows the skull and crossbones, an arm holding the sword, and a winged hourglass.

"So. Any idea how we get it out?"
"We'll need a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, and one of us must learn to play the trumpet."
"I know a man with a goat!
Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]

A clock made of two glass vessels connected with a narrow passage, with sand flowing through that passage.


"No, not anymore, weren't you listening?! I nearly had you all, off Tripoli. I would have, if not for the hurricane."
"Lord. You didn't try to sail through it?
Joshamee Gibbs and James Norrington[src]

A severe tropical cyclone with winds of 75 miles per hour or greater accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes.


"Who is this hussy? Is this the practitioner of magicks my Bell was telling me about?"
"I am no hussy!"
Laura Smith and Minuit[src]

A woman considered to be brazen or promiscuous.


"The ship is ours, gentlemen."
"Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
James Norrington and his men[src]

A term used as a call for coordinated physical effort, as in hoisting, or as a cheer indicating enjoyment or approval, often associated with sailors, shouted by a group in praise of a thing or event. Commodore Norrington's men gave "huzzahs" aboard the Dauntless after the battle at Isla de Muerta.

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