Like so many other phrases, the meaning of ‘pass with flying colors’ has nautical roots.
Four hundred years ago, if you were a seafaring thief, the label that you received said a great deal—mainly about whoever it was doing the labeling.
She debated with Queen Elizabeth I, sat at the head of a prosperous pirate empire, and told the English where to go.
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let’s hoist the Jolly Roger, break out the rum, and look back at the holiday’s timber-shivering history.
The bones were found near Bellamy's ship, the Whydah, which wrecked off the coast of Massachusetts in 1717.