Since it first debuted in 2003, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has introduced millions of people all over the world to the unique parlance of the lovable-but-unsavory Captain Jack Sparrow and his cohorts aboard The Black Pearl and in Tortuga. While the film franchise is based on the fan-favorite ride from Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean does its best to recreate the world of 18th century naval warfare and piracy, right down to the slang used by Sparrow and his crew. But how well do the stars of these films know these terms? They can walk the walk, but can they talk the talk?
To find out, we researched a bunch of authentic 18th century pirate slang and sent our intrepid reporter Hector Navarro to quiz Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Javier Bardem and Kaya Scodelario, as well as directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, on their nautical knowledge in a game we like to call “Talk the Plank.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is in theaters now. Unless ye be dancing the hempen jig, bring a spring upon our cable, shake your dungbie and read our review of the new film right here.What’s your favorite bit of pirate slang? Will you be seeing Dead Men Tell No Tales? Let us know in the comments below.
Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter (@Osteoferocious).