I always imagined that Pirates were scary and violent people. I still believe this to be true. However I do feel that for me the word Buccaneer holds far less menace. The word comes from an old Caribbean word for a method of smoking meat. So how did that become the moniker of these Jolly Roger flying, scurvy sea dogs?
Well that type of meat was a favourite of French settlers in the Caribbean on the island of Hispaniola. The Spanish cleared them off the island and took it for themselves. But the French that were evicted took their revenge by plundering many Spanish galleons in the area during the 17th Century.