Speak like a pirate

One of the many joys of reading “Treasure Island” as a class was that I got to explain that “Dick” is short for Richard and “booty” is a pirate term for treasure.

The second of these joys is then listening to a bunch of teenagers say “Dick wants the booty” amongst hysterical laughter.

Third in the line of joys is that these last bastions of our future tell me “You can’t say it’s inappropriate, Miss, it’s in the story.”

Tis true, ’tis pity,. And pity ’tis ’tis true… Smart-as-paint Dick does indeed want the booty.


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