Cautious- with care
Portent- sign, omen; a bit of word play considering the fact that there is a ship to port!
Flee- escape, run away
Fleet- fast; correct idiomatic use is ‘fleet of foot’
O fortunatos nimicum sua si bona norit agricolas- (Latin) O farmers excessively fortunate if only they recognized their blessings. Very ironic if you ask me. They just lost their ship and he speaks of fortunes and blessings. Or maybe he is just wondering if the switch from farmer to pirate was a good career move.
Feller- me- lad- Fellow my lad: (brit)(informal) my boy
Invade- attack, occupy
Cassivellaunus- a historical British chieftain who fought Julius Caesar in 54 BC
Gallantry- courage, bravery
Marmalade- orange jam. Marmalade is made from Seville Orange peels that are insanely bitter as opposed to the normal stuff.
Cad- a man whose conduct, especially toward women, is considered unscrupulous or dishonorable
Mykingdomforanos- ‘My kingdom for an os’ or better still try saying ‘my kingdom for a horse’ with a cockney accent. Cockney is a style of English spoken by the British working class where the ‘H’s are not pronounced and are preceded with the article ‘a’. The clever bit here is that the name is a famous Shakespearean quote: “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a HORSE!” from Richard III
Anticlimax- a drop after a peak (climax)
O’veroptomistix- Over optimistic: too favorable in prediction
In a bit of a fix- (Brit) in trouble
First cousin once removed- a person who is not related to you directly but who shares a common ancestor at some level of the family history. That is, your nephew or niece but not necessarily your nephew or niece. I’ve tried looking this whole first cousin, second cousin business and understood nothing. It is my sincerest request that you as members of sociery understand the whole thing and explain it to me. I will then condense the whole thing, modify most of it and call it the fruit of my toil. 3:)
Jolly boat- a utility boat used by ships to ferry passengers. Jolly good that boat is!
Oxbridgienses- A combination of Oxford and Cambridge the two major universities in the UK. It can be used as a noun referring to either or both universities or as an adjective describing them or their students. The rowing is in reference to the annual boat race between the universities
Tweed- a soft, unfinished, flexible fabric made of wool
Lyre- A stringed instrument of the harp family having two curved arms connected at the upper end by a crossbar, used to accompany a singer or reciter of poetry, especially in ancient Greece.
Tullius Stratocumulus- Tullius is a Roman name, Stratocumulus: a type of storm cloud
Lunatic- mad man
Monotony- repetitiveness bore
Shipshape- top condition beat, in order
Indomitable- strong, unconquerable
Pg14, frame 8: Reference to the Channel tunnel or the Chunnel, an undersea rail tunnel linking Folkestone in England and Coquelles in France
Rum chap- (Brit slang) refers to someone who is different from the rest
Get one’s hand in- start practicing some custom, there is a pun here
Cordial- pleasant, genial
Encyclopaedicus Britannicus- Encyclopedia Britannica: extremely comprehensive reference encyclopedia
Pg 19 last frame: The Beatles
Dipsomaniax- Dipsomaniac: Drinks too much
On someone’s track- follow someone
Confiscate- seize, take away
The lot- all of it
A bit thick- dumb
Privileged- lucky, with an advantage
Astonishing- amaizing, incredible
Cask- A sturdy cylindrical container for storing liquids; a barrel
Broach- To pierce in order to draw off liquid
Surtax- additional tax
Claudius Detritus- Detritus: Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock
Goad- provoke, prod
Decline- recede, fall
Stiff upper lip- (Idiom) An attitude of determined endurance or restraint in the face of adversity. Reminds you a Botox injection doesn’t it?
Tower of London- The fort and palace of the Queen of England
Stout- hefty, fat
Boadicea- a queen of the Iceni in Britain who led a futile revolt against the Romans in 61 AD
Mislaid- misplaced, lost
Dog and Dux- Dog and Duck, a hotel in Westbrook, UK
Bladder- an inflatable part of something, especially a football, that resembles a bag
Pg 36, frame 3- Rugby explained
Mufti- plain clothes
Hiphiphurrax- Hip hip hurray
Crow’s nest- a structure near the top of the mast of a ship used as a lookout point. The Origin of Navy Terminology brochure issued on the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Navy gives the following explanation.
|“||The crow was an essential part of the early sailors’ navigation equipment. These land-lubbing fowl were carried on board to help the navigator determine where the closest land lay when the weather prevented sighting the shore visually. In cases of poor visibility, a crow was released and the navigator plotted a course that corresponded with the bird’s because it invariably headed straight toward land, “as the crow flies.”
The crow’s cage was situated high in the main mast where the look-out stood his watch. Often, he shared this lofty perch with a crow or two since the crows’ cages were kept there: hence the “crow’s nest”.(Wikipedia)
Unmolested- untouched, pristine
Mingle- mix freely
Minnow- a small freshwater fish that is easy to catch and used as fishing bait; a person or organization of relatively low status or little importance
Sure and Begorrah- Websters defines begorra as a euphemism for by God, so “Sure and begorra.” Would mean “Sure and by God.” It actually comes from the Irish for “would you look at that” or “give attention to that”.
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_sure_and_begorrah_mean#ixzz1OUUw9DHu
Diddled- Cheat or swindle (someone) so as to deprive them of something
Fluctuat nec mergitur- It is swayed by the waves but does not sink- Motto of the city of Paris.