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After cutting Elizabeth's corset off in Pirates of the Caribbean, the guard comments "never would have thought of that." And Jack turns to him and delivers the line in question: "You've clearly never been to Singapore." What does he mean with that?

PS: this question was asked here but I don't agree with the implication that was being get at there.

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    Err, which particular implication do you not agree with, there are several unrelated suggestions. – iandotkelly May 31 '15 at 14:11
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    Regardless, Jack was referencing a name that would not be given to the country until nearly 100 years later. In roughly 1730 (when PoC takes place), it was known as Temasek. It was not named Singapore (meaning Lion City in Malay) until 1819. – user51419 May 17 '17 at 17:44
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Singapore, at that time, was one of the busiest ports in Asia. If not the busiest port. Pirates would have visited Singapore often. Also, prostitution is not illegal in Singapore. A prostitute wears something which makes them alluring, and a corset definitely fits that bill.

The inference is that Jack Sparrow had frequently been to Singapore, had experience with prostitutes and knew how to disrobe them.

  • As mentioned in above, Singapore is named as such way after movie's time period. So how could he call the country as singapore if it hasn't named as such yet? – Vishwa Jan 22 '18 at 12:52
  • And more importantly, he has enough experience with corsets to know they can severely restrict breathing. – Shadur Feb 4 at 12:41
  • Use of the name "Singapore" is a screen writing error, or possibly just using the name that would be familiar to the audience rather than the one that would be correct. – Rob Crawford Feb 19 at 19:29

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