Tag Archives: Sea


A Pirate’s Favorite Letter

Context: The informant told this joke in passing, and I asked to hear it again because of the play on words. Piece: Informant: “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?” Collector: “I don’t know… what is it? Is it R?” Informant: “Arr you’d think so but me first love be the C” Background: The informant, a 20 year… Continue Reading »

Sailor Superstition: Dolphins swimming in the wake are good luck

Content: Informant – “Dolphins are considered good luck when they swim with the ship. And it’s bad luck to kill a dolphin.” Context: JK – “Where does this belief come from?” Informant – “I just think that dolphins are friendly to humans. They have a long history of…there’s stories of them chasing sharks away and… Continue Reading »

Rings out of Quarters

Content: Informant – “Sailors used to make rings out of quarters. They would set the quarter on a hard surface, standing up on it’s edge. They would tap the edge, rotate the coin, tap the edge, rotate the coin. Then they would drill a hole through the center.” Context: Informant – “I heard this from… Continue Reading »

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight; Red Sky at Dawn, Sailors Take Warning

Content: Informant – “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at dawn, sailor’s take warning.” Context: Informant: “This is an old sailor’s saying. Sailors are deeply superstitious people. I’m not sure where I heard it from, it’s just always been around. I’m not sure where it comes from. Maybe it’s because the jet streams… Continue Reading »

You Should Never Go Into the Sea in a Month with an ‘R’

Informant: “I don’t remember how to say it in Italian now, but I remember the saying translates to ‘You should never go into the sea in a month with an “R”‘. I remember learning this when I was studying in Florence my Junior year of college, I was in Florence from January to June, but… Continue Reading »