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"Who in the twelfth ring of Davy Jones's Locker was that?"
"That, was Madame Minuit.
Jack Sparrow and Jean Magliore[src]

A polite way to address an older woman. [2]


"I think we have more pressing matters than Mademoiselle Marcella to discuss."
Hector Barbossa[src]

The French-language equivalent of "miss".


"Esmeralda, you've been sailing around the Caribbean for a long time. You know about curses, and magic, and hoodoo, and Obeah. You know that, in the Caribbean, they really exist. Right?"
Jack Sparrow to Esmeralda[src]

The art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation, ceremony, ritual, the casting of spells or various other techniques that presumably assured human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.


A magistrate is a judicial officer who has limited authority to administer and enforce the law. He has less power then a governor. Small towns like Nassau and Isla Tesoro were normally ruled by magistrates.


"Fitz, grab your axe! Help me take the mainmast down!"
Jack Sparrow to Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III[src]

The second mast from forward on any two-mast ship; the larger forward mast on vessels such as ketches; the sole mast on vessels such as sloops or cutters. [3]

Scrum playing the mandola.


A person whose job is to manage something. Jonathan Beckett Sr. was the manager of the Beckett Trading Company for most of his life. Benedict Huntington was the EITC manager for Hong Kong during the Quest for the Shadow Gold.


A fretted, stringed musical instrument. The mandola has four double courses of metal strings, tuned in unison rather than in octaves. The mandola is typically played with a plectrum. The double strings accommodate a sustaining technique called tremolando, a rapid alternation of the plectrum on a single course of strings. Mandolas are not uncommon in folk music, (particularly Italian folk music) and sometimes used in Irish traditional music. Scrum was known to be a great player of the mandola.

Manual labor[]

"A bit of manual labor is good for you, former commodore. It builds character."
Jack Sparrow to James Norrington[src] (deleted scene)

Any work done by hand; usually implying it is unskilled or physically demanding. During his time aboard the Black Pearl, former commodore James Norrington was forced to work aboard.


"I shall have a look at that map, if it's what I fear..."
Jack Sparrow[src]

A visual representation of an area or territory, whether real or imaginary; a diagram of components of an item. Maps were used to search for varioustreasures as well as certain places.

Mark my words[]

"It's bad luck to be singing about pirates with us mired in this unnatural fog. Mark my words."
"Consider them marked. On your way.
Joshamee Gibbs and James Norrington[src]

Something that you say when you tell someone about something that you are certain will happen in the future That girl's going to cause trouble, you mark my words.


The marooned pirate.

"When you marooned me on that godforsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate. I'm Captain Jack Sparrow."
Jack Sparrow to Hector Barbossa[src]

To put ashore and abandon on a desolate island by way of punishment. [4] Pirates like Jack Sparrow were known to be marooned on an island.


"You know...Lizzie. I am captain of a ship. And being captain of a ship, I could in fact perform a marriage, right here, right on this deck...right now."
Jack Sparrow to Elizabeth Swann[src]

The union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. A joining of two parts during a wedding. A captain could perform marriages.


"Dearly beloved we be gathered here today...to nail your gizzards to the mast, you poxy cur!"
Hector Barbossa before he kicks one of Davy Jones's crewmembers[src]

A spar or structure rising above a ship's hull to hold sails, spars, rigging, booms etc. Ships commonly carry a foremast or mainmast. [5]


A crewmen who's responsible for the ship's weaponry and fighting condition.


See also: Matey
"You don't want to be doing that, mate."
"No, I really think I do.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

Mate may have several meanings:

  • A deck officer or sailor below the captain of a merchant vessel, such as the first mate (or chief mate), second mate, or third mate. One of the mates is always the watch keeping officer, unless the master takes that responsibility. Each mate also has other duties, such as making the passage planning, overseeing loading and unloading and personnel management.
  • A piratical way to address someone in a cheerful, if not necessarily friendly, fashion. The word "matey" is also used in this instance. Often used for a fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared. Also used as a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male.
  • A suitable companion; a match; an equal. Depending on the person's sex, also means a breeding partner.


Matelot is a French word meaning "seamen". In pirate slang Matelot referred to a pirate who was in a union known as "matelotage" with another pirate; they shared all their possessions (even the wives) and if one of them died, the other succeeded him.[1]


See also: Mate
"It be too late to alter course now, mateys!"
Hector Barbossa[src]

Matey [mey-tee] - n.: A pirate's buddy or friend. Best used after "Ahoy" or "Arrr".


My or mine. Hector Barbossa usually says "me" or "meself" when speaking.

A mermaid dragging Jack Sparrow.


"All these beautiful mermaids. Creatures of legend and lore, right in front of me! What an exciting adventure, indeed!"
Jack Sparrow[src]

Mermaids were human-fish hybrids in mythology and lore. They are best known to lurk in the depths of the sea, most notably in Isla Sirena and Whitecap Bay.


"Milady! I see unseamenlike fellows of officious-looking nature!"
Scrum to Angelica[src]

A French manner of address to a noble woman, the feminine form of milord.


"It is Elizabeth, isn't it?"
"It's Miss Swann."
"Miss Swann, if you'd be so kind.
Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann[src]

An English language honorific traditionally used only for an unmarried woman.


"A missionary is the story. What I heard, was he got captured in a raid. The rest on the ship got killed, but not him. First Mate wouldn't let it happen, on account his premier standing with the Lord."
Scrum to Jack Sparrow concerning Philip Swift[src]

A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed; a religious messenger. Philip Swift was a well-known missionary.


The topsail on the mizzenmast of the Queen Anne's Revenge.

"Strike your colours you bloomin' cockroaches! Surrender Captain Jack Sparrow or by thunder we'll burn this city to the ground!"
"Two shot holes Captain—one clean through the mizzenmast."
"They need a bit of persuasion mateys. Fire at will!
Hector Barbossa and a pirate crewman[src]

The aftmost mast on a ship having three masts.


"Look at them all."
"There's not been a gathering like this in our lifetime."
"And I owe them all money.
Pintel, Hector Barbossa, and Jack Sparrow[src]

Money is any object or record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given socio-economic context or country.


"Were I in a divulgatory mood, what then might I divulge?"
"Everything. Where are they meeting? Who are the Pirate Lords? What is the purpose of the nine pieces of eight?"
"I think I'd prefer to maintain my monopoly on those answers. Just good business, you know.
Jack Sparrow and Cutler Beckett[src] (deleted scene)

The privilege granting the exclusive right to exert such control.

Montezuma's Revenge[]

"Excuse me, kind sirs, I require a moment."
"Montezuma's Revenge.
Don Carrera de la Vega and a Spanish Soldier[src]

Diarrhea experienced by tourists after drinking water or eating food in Mexico as a result of a bacteria strain to which native Mexicans are immune.


"The moonlight shows us for what we really are. We are not among the living, and so we cannot die. But neither are we dead."
Hector Barbossa concerning his crew[src]

The light reflected from the moon; illumination made by the light from the moon.

Motley crew[]

A group of sailors who came from different background and ethnicities, yet having a common goal.


"Did your friend happen to mention where the Brethren Court are meeting?"
"He was mum on that, sir.
Cutler Beckett and Ian Mercer[src]

Silent; not saying a word (to keep mum); it was used commonly in the idiom "mum's the word". [6]

Mum's the word[]

"Lock up the Code! Strike the wenches! And if any of ye ever speak a word of this...I'll have your tongue."
"...Aye, sir. Mum's the word."
[squawks] "Mum's the word.
Mungard, Cotton and Cotton's parrot[src]

An idiom meaning that the accompanying facts are a secret, not to be divulged.

EITC soldiers using muskets.


"And, once the iron is taken from the ground, we will need to know how to cast it into cannons. How to make pistols and muskets."
Amenirdis to Jack Sparrow[src]

A musket is a muzzle-loaded firearm that fires a round lead bullet through a long smoothbore barrel. Because of the smoothbore barrels, these weapons had an accurate range of roughly fifty yards, when fired by a practiced musketeer. Because of their accuracy, soldiers would often form lines and fire at once in volleys to maximize efftcts. These weapons were widely used by the Marines of the Royal Navy, soldiers of almost every European Army, as well as by EITC soldiers and pirates. A person using a musket is called a musketeer. It is a weapon often used by Jack Sparrow's teen friend, Arabella Smith.

Muster your courage[]

"Light 'em up! Muster your courage! Drive 'em to shore!"
Purser during the battle at Whitecap Bay[src]

A phrase meaning to look within oneself to summon a particular positive quality, such as strength, energy or courage.


"Aye, the perfidious rotter led a mutiny against us!"
Joshamee Gibbs[src]

Mutiny [myoot-n-ee] - noun: Rebellion against authority. This is best known as sailors' revolt against the captain or officers of a ship.[2] A participant of a mutiny were called a Mutineer.


"Parley? Damn to the depths whatever muttonhead thought up 'parley'!"
"That would be the French.
Pintel and Jack Sparrow[src]

A dull or stupid person; often used as a general term of abuse. A fool or bonehead.


A person who practices mysticism, or a reference to a mystery, mystic studies or the occult. Mysterious and strange; arcane, obscure or enigmatic. Tia Dalma was a well-known voodoo mystic.

Notes and references[]

  1. Jan Rogozinski, Pirates! Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction, and Legend [1]
  2. Mutiny - Dictionary.com