Shiver me timbers! Arrr, today be September 19… nay…it not be jus’ another ordinary day. It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In order t’ be celebratin’ this auspicious occasion with zest and swagger, ye best be talkin’ like a salty sea-dog. Arrrre ye ready?
The Basic Rules o’ Talking Like a Pirate
- Always say aye nay yes.
- Always say ye nay you.
- Always say me nay my.
- Always roll yer R’s.
Jus’ Another Ordinary Day Glossary o’ Favorite Seafarin’ Hearty Words and Phrases
ahoy: interjection; used to express a greeting as in hello
ahoy, matey: interjection; hello, my friend
aaarrrggghhhh: interjection; an exclamation of discontent or disgust
avast ye: verb; look at this
aye: adverb; used to express affirmation or agreement as in yes
blimey: interjection; used to convey surprise; short for God blind me!
blow me down: interjection; used to express strong emotion like surprise or shock as in oh, my gosh
booty: noun; stolen goods, especially jewelry, cash and precious metals like the family silver
bunghole: noun; the opening in a bottle, especially beer and rum, that is plugged with a cork or stopper
cap’n: noun; short for captain; used as a term of respect
dead men tell no tails: idiomatic phrase; pirate’s excuse for leaving no survivors
deadlights: noun; eyes
grog: noun; diluted rum or any alcoholic concoction
ho: interjection; used to convey surprise or joy, attract attention to something (especially when pointing) or to encourage onward
hornswoggle: verb; to swindle, cheat or hoodwink
landlubber: noun; an unseasoned sailor; a slow. clumsy person
me: adjective; my
nay: adverb; not
salty: adjective; experienced
scallywag: noun; scamp, rascal, scoundrel, rogue
scurvy dog: noun; a disgusting, foul person
sea-dog: noun; an old pirate or sailor
shiver-me-timbers: interjection; used to convey excitement or surprise as in oh my gosh!
swab: verb; to mop or clean
three sheets to the wind: adjective; extremely inebriated
yo ho ho: interjection; used to express great joy; typically repeated over and over at increasing volume while consuming grog as in yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!