My sister Bethie just returned from three months of sailing the high seas, so naturally when I got to talk to her tonight, I asked her all about her pirate life.
“Did you call your friends, ‘me hearties’? Do you call other people ‘landlubber’?” I asked, “Did you at least get to say ‘Aye, aye, Captain’ when you got orders?”
“Actually,” she said, “you’re supposed to repeat the instructions back, and then say aye, so they know you heard and understood the order. You can’t just say yes.”
“Kind of like teaching English.”