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Tabula in naufragio[]

"Res ipsa loquitur, tabula in naufragio, we are left but with one option. I agree with, and I cannot believe the words that are coming out of me mouth...Captain Swann. We must fight."
Jack Sparrow[src]

A legal Latin phrase, literally interpreted as "a plank in a shipwreck". It is used metaphorically, particularly in law, to convey: "when all else has failed, it is the thing that stops (or is intended to stop) you from drowning."

Take what you can, give nothing back[]

"Take what you can."
"Give nothing back.
Jack Sparrow and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

"Take what you can, give nothing back" was a nautical phrase used when pulling a ship into a dock, meaning to pull in as much slack as you can and don't let it go. It also seemed to be used as a "pirate toast" or generally to wish luck or good will when individuals parted ways.


Jack Sparrow's tattoo and a pirate brand.

"I saw this, and thought at first it was a bruise. But it’s not."
"No. It’s a tattoo.
Jack Sparrow and Esmeralda[src]

A form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. Jack Sparrow had the tattoo of a sparrow. Esmeralda Maria Consuela Anna de Sevilla had the tattoo with the same symbol that was imprinted on the blood money delivered to Hernán Cortés by the Aztecs. Hector Barbossa had the cluster of five stars from the cover of the diary of Galileo Galilei tattooed on his right arm.


"So...You're not after the Fountain."
"I care not for King George or tavern yarns that give hope for a healed limb. But I'd give my left arm for a chance at Blackbeard.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

An inn or similar establishment selling alcoholic beverages, commonly to travellers.[1] Notable taverns included the Faithful Bride in Tortuga[2] and the Fiddler's Green in Davy Jones' Locker.[3] Taverns are sometimes called pubs.

See also: Category:Taverns

Thick as thieves[]

"No worries, mates! Tia Dalma and I go way back. Thick as thieves. Nigh inseparable we are. Were. Have been. Before."
Jack Sparrow[src]

A special bond people have for each other; partners in crime; People who are good friends. Jack Sparrow said that he was thick as thieves to many people, including Tia Dalma and Angelica.


"Because earlier this day, not far from here, a thief broke into my most revered uncle's temple and tried to make off with these."
Sao Feng[src]

One who has carried out a theft, an act of stealing property.

Thousand Strike Spin[]

"Make your peace with God, gentlemen. You now face Don Carrera De La Vega. The master of the Thousand-Strike Spin!"
Carrera de la Vega to Jack Sparrow and Will Turner[src]

A self-made swordfighting move found by Don Carrera de la Vega. It was a very powerful move, strong enough to shatter the steel plates on the ship's mast.


"How soon can you sail?"
"With the tide.
King Ferdinand and The Spaniard[src]

The periodic change of the sea level, particularly when caused by the gravitational influence of the sun and the moon. A stream, current or flood.

Time and tide[]

"Everything you said to me, every word was a lie!"
"Pretty much. Time and tide, love.
Elizabeth Swann and Jack Sparrow[src]

An expression meaning the processes of nature continue, no matter how much we might like them to stop.


"Man the yards, you filthy toads!"
Jack Sparrow[src]

An amphibian similar to a frog with bigger back legs and more ragged skin. It was also used to refer to a very unpleasant man. Hector Barbossa once referred poisonous dart frogs as toads.

Toot sweet[]

"Oi, ma boogie snickle-snickle. Toot sweet, come on! More wood!"
Jack Sparrow to the Pelegostos[src]

A corruption of the French ‘tout de suite’, which literally means 'all at once'.


"'Tis good to be back on solid ground, if only for the pleasures of fresh food, good port, and good tobacco."
Reginald Marmaduke Bracegirdle-Penwallow[src]

Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as a pesticide and, in the form of nicotine tartrate, used in some medicines.


"I lost a good topman one night...never did find out if he went over the side himself, or had help."
Esmeralda Maria Consuela Anna de Sevilla[src]

A crewmember stationed in a top.

Town crier[]

A person who is employed by a town council to make public announcements in the streets.


"Edward Teach! For crimes committed on the high seas, by the authority granted me by His Majesty the King, and with a goodly amount of personal satisfaction, I hereby place you in the custody of the court, and declare you to be my prisoner."
"My trick's out, is that it?"
"Such crimes do include but are not limited to piracy, treason, murder, torture of the most heinous sort, including the brutal theft of one used, twisted, hairy right leg!
Hector Barbossa and Blackbeard[src]

Treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation. Treason also covered the murder of specific social superiors, such as the murder of a husband by his wife. Treason against the king was known as high treason and treason against a lesser superior was petty treason. A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor.


Pirates prepare to bury their treasure.

"Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate."
Jack Sparrow to Will Turner[src]

Treasure is a concentration of riches, often one which is considered lost or forgotten until being rediscovered. Pirates often buried their stolen fortunes in remote places, intending to return for them later, often with the use of treasure maps.

Treasure map[]

A treasure map

"Don't think the thought of mounting a search for Zerzura hasn't occurred to me, Captain. That was nearly the first thing I thought of, when I reached my new assignment."
"The only problem with legends like that, is that most of them don't include treasure maps.
Cutler Beckett and Jack Sparrow[src]

A treasure map is a map that marks the location of buried treasure, a valuable secret or a hidden locale.


"It's an honor to meet the captain who so nearly broke the record for sailing the Triangle—and on the vessel's maiden voyage as an EITC ship, too! Well done, well done, Captain Sparrow!"
Reginald Marmaduke Bracegirdle-Penwallow to Jack Sparrow[src]

A nickname for a triangular trade route between Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe.


"What's all this?"
"Tribute, sir.
Jack Sparrow and Bowen[src]

Something given or contributed voluntarily as due or deserved; a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or affection.


"Trickster! Devil!"
Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow[src]

A mythological figure responsible for teaching others through the use of guile and treason. One who performs a sort of trickery. An impish or playful person; A fraud.


A tricorne, or tricorn, was a style of hat popular during the late 17th and 18th centuries. It was commonly worn as civilian dress and as part of military and naval uniforms.[4]


A Trident is a three-speared item generally used as a weapon. The Greek god Poseidon bore a trident, just as his son Triton did.


"I'm having a thought here, Barbossa. What say we run up a flag of truce, I scurry over to the Interceptor, and I negotiate the return of your medallion, eh?"
Jack Sparrow[src]

An agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time.

Trojan Horse[]

"Oh, this is just like what the Greeks done at Troy. Except they was in a horse instead of dresses. Wooden horse."
Ragetti to Pintel[src]

The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and end the conflict. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.


A Typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops in the western part of the North Pacific Ocean. It is precisely equivalent to a hurricane, which results in wind speeds of 64 knots (118km/h) or above. Jack Sparrow was said to be born on a pirate ship during a typhoon.

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