Jolly Roger

The pirate flag.  Usually a skull and crossbones on a black background.  I read a lot of stuff about pirates, and there has been a lot of speculation about the origin of the nickname for the pirate flag.  One of the most ridiculous is that it is a corruption of the french jolie rouge, since red flags were sometimes used by pirates, as well.


Needless to say, I have my own idea.  Which is, of course, the genuine, totally believeable, brilliantly conceived truth.  Your awe at my perceptions is accepted, gratefully.

Here goes.


The idea of English pirates poncing about, or misspronouncing the phrase jolie rouge, is ludicrous.  The only thing the English learned from the French is how to kiss.  They are still practicing.  They tried to teach the French caning, the English contribution to erotic playtime, but that didn’t take.


There is, in fact, a perfectly obvious homegrown origin of Jolly Roger.


Consider, the grinning skull.  Happy little bugger, isn’t he?   So much for the Jolly part.


I read a “Dictionary of the Common Tongue”, published in the early 18th century, in which the word roger has a certain prominence.


In England, roger is a verb, as well as a personal noun.   To roger means to fuck.  I am not making this up.  In that dictionary, it noted that Roger was a common name for a breed bull, from that came the slang use of roger as a synonym for fucking.


So.   Jolly Roger.   Roughly translated from English english to english for the rest of us……..jolly roger  means……..happy fucker.


Harrrrrrrrrrrrr, mateys!   Run up the happy fucker and givem a broadside!”

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