Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
- PIRATE - a criminal who plunders at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillaging port towns.
- CORSAIR - a more romantic term for pirate; French pirate
- PIRACY - (nautical) robbery at sea, a violation of international law; taking a ship away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it.
The Jolly Roger is any of various flags flown to identify a ship's crew as pirates. The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones, a flag consisting of a human skull above two long bones set in an x-mark arrangement on a black field.
Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates' victims into surrendering without a fight (with the implication that those who surrendered would be treated well). A red flag indicated "no quarter" (surrender will not be accepted).
Yo ho, yo ho, the pirate life,
The flag o' skull and bones,
A merry hour, a hempen rope,
And hey for Davy Jones.
(J. M. Barrie)
...and for the end of this post,
an old dilemma...