[ 2007-04-04 18:36 ]
Gentlemen, milady. You will always remember this as the day that you almost
caught...Capitan Jack Sparrow.
4. Sticks and stones.
这是一句很长的英文句子的开头，原话是这样的：Stick and stone may break my bones, but names will
never hurt me. 意思是：石头和棍子能打断我的骨头，可是你的话一点也伤不到我。注意这里这个names的意思可不是名字。我们知道英语中骂人是call
5. Make a point of
意为"Treat something as important or essential"，例如：She made a point of thanking
everyone in the department for their efforts.
The history of piracy
Because it is often the result
of failure or laxity in patrolling sea routes, piracy flourished in times of
unrest, or when navies ordinarily protecting commerce were engaged in war.
Pirates found their most suitable base of operations in an archipelago that
offered shelter together with proximity to trade routes. Pirates preyed upon
Phoenician and Greek commerce and were so active in the 1st cent. B.C. that Rome
itself was almost starved by their interception of the grain convoys.
The flag of 18th-century pirate
Pompey swept piracy from the Mediterranean, but with the decline of the Roman
Empire it revived there and was prevalent until modern times. Muslim pirates
infested the W Mediterranean; the Venetians, who ostensibly policed the E
Mediterranean, preyed upon the maritime trade of rival cities; and the Barbary
States got much of their revenue from piracy. In the North, the Vikings harassed
the commerce of the Baltic Sea and the English Channel. Emerging in the 13th
cent., the Hanseatic League succeeded in curbing the piracy of its era.
New trade routes opened during the Renaissance, e.g., the shipment of
precious metals from the Spanish colonies, the rich trade with the East, and the
development of the slave trade, that made piracy especially lucrative. At this
period no great stigma was attached to piracy because maritime law had not been
systematized. This fact, together with the increasing colonial rivalry of the
powers, led states to countenance those pirates who promoted the national cause
by attacking the commerce of rival nations. With the tacit approval of the
provincial authorities, the West Indies became a pirates' rendezvous, and the
English buccaneers of the Spanish Main in the 17th and 18th cent., who despoiled
the Spanish treasure armadas and pillaged Spanish-American coast settlements,
returned to England to divide their spoils with the crown and to receive the