The Five A’s of Piratese


By Audrey W.



“Ahoy there, maties!” John Gage greeted as he walked into the dayroom of Station 51. It was the beginning of a new shift on duty for the firemen, just minutes before roll call. His five colleagues including Captain Stanley, who was the man in charge, just rolled their eyes.


Johnny took a seat at the table with the others and grabbed a section of the morning newspaper. “Avast! Did ye see this?” he pointed to a headline about the Los Angeles Rams football team. “Shiver me timbers! They won!”


Still no one said a word.


“Aye! Mighty quiet are ye?” he asked as he got to his feet and poured himself a cup of coffee.


The men remained silent until Hank Stanley spoke after heaving a sigh. “All right, men, let’s get this over with. Roll call in the apparatus bay.”


“Aye aye, Captain,” Johnny responded, still holding up his coffee cup. As he took another sip, Hank commanded in a firm voice, “Now!”


“Arrrrrrr,” Gage quietly grumbled as he set the cup down on the counter and followed behind the senior officer. 


Chet Kelly looked at Johnny’s partner, Roy DeSoto, as they headed for the apparatus bay as well.


“I guess we know who went to Disneyland yesterday and rode on 'Pirates of the Caribbean' again.”







Words used (and more) and their meanings can be found at this site:


I also listed them below. :o)


Ahoy! - "Hello!"


Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"


Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."


Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."


Arrr! - This one can mean almost anything  :o)


My thanks to Ross for inspiring this by giving me links to pirate stuff on National Talk Like a Pirate Day. :o)




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