Ahoy mateys! ‘Tis time to forget all that fancy English speak and start talking like a pirate!
What is International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
It is the one day a year when kids and grown-ups alike can celebrate the silly way pirates talk. Pirates are bad guys who did bad things, but this day is all in good fun.
Why Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
How do I get started?
It’s easy. Start by furrowing your brow. Then, turn your voice into a loud growl, use “me” instead of “my” and “ye” instead of “you,” add in a few “Arrrs” and some phrases from the list below and you’ll be talking like a pirate in no time.
Example: “Arrr, scallywag, ye best be gettin’ off me ship or prepare to walk the plank!”
Here be a few phrases to get ye started. Slap on an eye patch and yer favorite pirate gear for added fun.
General Pirate Talk:
- Ahoy! =Hello or hi. It is kind of like the pirate version of Aloha, so it can also mean Goodbye.
- Aye! = Yes (Aye! Me wants me treasure!)
- Booty = Treasure (Me booty has been stolen!)
- Colors = Flag (Avast, mateys! Hoist yer colors!)
- Matey = Shipmate or friend (Ahoy matey!)
- Hearties = Friends (Ahoy, me hearties!)
- Lass = Woman or girl (Me mom is such a pretty lass!)
- Landlubber = Someone who does not take well to life on the seas (The lad be a landlubber, arrrr.)
- Avast! = Stop (Avast ye scallywag!)
- Blimey! = Something to say when frustrated (Blimey, ye stole me treasure!)
- Savvy? = Do you understand? (It’s me treasure, savvy?)
- Shiver me timbers! = Something to say when you are surprised (Shiver me timbers, me found me treasure!)
- Blow me down! = Similar to Shiver me timbers believed to come from the sound the ship made when hit by a cannon blast. (Blow me down! Me treasure’s been stolen!)
- Yo-ho-ho = Something to say when happy (which pirates rarely are, so use this sparingly)
- Ye = Use this instead of “you” (Ye best be getting off me ship!)
- Buccaneer = Another name for pirate (He be a fine buccaneer.)
- Lad = Young man (That lad be no match for a pirate!)
- Scallywag = Someone you don’t trust (Arrr, that lad be a scallywag!)
- Shanty = Song (Sing me a shanty or prepare to walk the plank!)
- Cutlass = Pirate’s sword (Fetch me cutlass, me treasure’s been stolen!)
- Doubloons = Gold coins or money (Avast ye scallywag. Drop me doubloons!)
- Jolly Roger = The flag of a pirate ship (Hoist the Jolly Roger!)
- Hornswaggle = To cheat someone (Arrr, the scallywag be hornswaggling me.)
- Walk the plank = To be forced to walk off a plank of the ship into the ocean (Drop me treasure or ye be walking the plank!)
- Weigh Anchor = Get the ship ready to sail (Weigh anchor, mateys. There’s treasure to be found!)
Pirate Talk for Parts of the Ship:
- Aft = The back of the ship
- Bilge = Bottom of the ship
- Fore = Front of the ship
- Port = Left side of the ship
- Starboard = Right side of the ship
Pirate Talk for Food:
- Cackle Fruit = Chicken eggs
- Doughboy = dumplings made of flour and animal fat.
- Hardtack = Extremely hard crackers made of flour, water, and salt.
- Junk = Salted beef or pork (like really hard beef jerky)
- Leather = Desperate times called for desperate measures. The food of last resort was not even food, but animal hide.
- Salmagundi = A popular dish of chopped meat ( beef, fish, chicken, pig, turtle, etc.), eggs, anchovies, onions, grapes, cabbage or herring, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, oil, vinegar.
Sources: http://www.ducksters.com/; http://talklikeapirate.com/