The Codex: L



A way to address a younger male.


"I signed up to sail under Jack Sparrow, not some pretender."
"And a lady at that.
Salaman and Ezekiel[src]

A polite term for a woman, specifically the female equivalent to, or spouse of, a lord or gentleman, and in many contexts a term for any adult woman.

Land Ho!Edit

"Land, ho!"
Joshamee Gibbs upon seeing Isla Cruces[src]

Traditional calling when a sailor sights land.

Land of the DeadEdit

"The only reason I would want Jack Sparrow returned from the Land of the Dead is so I can send him back myself!"
Sao Feng[src]

Another name for Davy Jones' Locker; the afterlife.[1]


Landlubber, or lubber, is a person unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship. The term doesn't derive from "land lover," but rather from the root of lubber, meaning clumsy or uncoordinated. Thus, a landlubber is one who is awkward at sea for familiarity with the land. The term is used to insult the abilities of one at sea.


"If you spring me from this cell, I swear on pain of death, I shall take you to the Black Pearl and your bonnie lass."
Jack Sparrow to William Turner Jr.[src]

A way to address a younger female.


"I think that this is written in Latin."
"Latin! Fitz, that's perfect! Ye learned Latin from your tutors! I remember when ye told us of all the languages you speak."
"Thank everything blessed and cursed that you aristos learn all those bloody dead languages!
Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III, Arabella Smith, and Jack Sparrow[src]

An ancient Italic language, originally spoken by the Italic Latins in Latium and Ancient Rome.

Lateen SailEdit

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All sails on Ammand's flagship were lateen.

A lateen sail is a triangular sail usually used as a mizzen sail. Ships such as dhows and xebecs carry all lateen sails.


A book or journal used for keeping notes, especially one for keeping accounting records. The Harbormaster's ledger records the details of every ship and sailor tying up at the dock. Jack Sparrow's handful of coins, a small bribe to keep his arrival a secret, ensured that he doesn't appear in it.[2]


"You command in an age of piracy where bold captains sail free waters. Where waves aren't measured in feet, but as increments of fear, and those who pass the test become legend."
Elizabeth Swann to Sao Feng[src]

The term legend has several meanings:

  • A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events. (ex. Treasure of Cortés)
  • Any person of extraordinary accomplishment. (ex. Blackbeard)
  • Any key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.

Legends can also refer to a fabricated cover story, such as Jack Sparrow's escape from a desert island.


"Jones' terrible leviathan will find you, and drag the Pearl back to the depths and you along with it!"
Bootstrap Bill Turner to Jack Sparrow[src]

Leviathan (pronounced /lɨˈvaɪ.əθən/; Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן, Modern Livyatan Tiberian Liwyāṯān ; "twisted, coiled"), is a sea monster referred to in the Tanakh and the Bible. In Demonology, Leviathan is one of the seven princes of Hell and its gatekeeper. The word leviathan has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. During the Age of Piracy one of the EITC ships of the line was named the Leviathan.


"This is a beautiful sword. I would expect the man who made it to show the same care and devotion in every aspect of his life."
James Norrington to Will Turner[src]

The state between birth and death; the essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being; the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual. The world in general, existence.


"You are not used to wearing colors?"
"My people decorate their clothes with color, but the basic fabric is usually white linen.
Esmeralda and Ayisha[src]

Thread or cloth made from flax fiber. Domestic textiles, such as tablecloths, bedding, towels, under clothes, etc, that are made of linen or linen-like fabrics of cotton or other fibers; linens.


"Be not deterred, gentlemen. I have a fresh consignment of fine Peruvian llamas due in a fortnight."

A South American mammal of the camel family, Lama glama, used as a domestic beast of burden and a source of wool and meat.

Longboat Edit

"All hands on deck! Set to the longboats!"

a longboat is an open boat to be rowed by eight or ten oarsmen, two per thwart. The longboat was double banked; its rowing benches were designed to accommodate two men each pulling an oar on opposite sides. Unlike the dinghy or the cutter, the longboat would have fairly fine lines aft to permit its use in steep waves such as surf or wind against tide where need be, which makes it useful for sailing toward shore. Like other ships' boats, the longboat could be rigged for sailing but was primarily a pulling boat. It had the double-banked arrangement in common with the cutter. This was possible as it had a beam similar to a cutter's but broader than that of a gig, which was single banked.

Long nineEdit

"Set topsails and clear up this mess."
"With the wind at quarter astern, we won't catch them."
"I don't need to catch them, just get them in range of the long nines.
James Norrington and Theodore Groves[src]

A long-barrelled, nine-pounder cannon, commonly mounted as a bow or stern chaser on vessels. [3] The HMS Dauntless was armed with long nines.[4]

Loose cannonEdit

"Jones is a loose cannon, sir."
Ian Mercer to Cutler Beckett on Davy Jones[src]

A term used in reference to a person whose reckless behaviour endangers others; derived from the threat posed by loose cannon rolling about a warship under sail. [1] Ian Mercer described Davy Jones as such following the destruction of a pirate fleet.[1]


"Ah. Love. A dreadful bond. And yet, so easily severed."
Davy Jones[src]

A term of an intense feeling of affection and care towards another person; a deep or abiding liking for something; A profound and caring attraction towards someone. The object of one’s romantic feelings; a darling or sweetheart; a term of friendly address, regardless of feelings.

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