Ahoy, me mateys! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Landlubbers and sea salts alike be totin’ the talk of the buccaneer on this odd holiday.
No one seems to know the actual origins or meaning of this weirdly wonderful occasion. But plenty will pitch in and spout pirate expressions all day long.
Here are 30 popular pirate wordings and their general meanings.
Careful readers will notice that most pirate expressions are exclamations. Hey, pirates can be a little dramatic at times.
- Ahoy! – Hey there!
- Avast! – Stop! Look! Or Look out!
- Aye! – Yes. I agree.
- Aye-aye! – Yes, Sir.
- Arr! – I approve.
- Aargh! – Ouch! Or Ugh.
- Beauty – A lovely lady.
- Grog – Booze (usually rum)
- Landlubber – A non-pirate (usually a person who does not sail)
- Me hearties – My friends
- Batten down the hatches – Prepare for a storm.
- Blimey! – Yikes!
- Blow me down! – I can’t believe it..
- Booty – Treasure
- Buccaneer (or bucko) – A pirate
- Dead men tell no tales – Eliminate the witnesses.
- Doubloons – Pirate coins
- Heave ho! – Put some effort into it.
- Hornswaggle – To scam or swindle
- Jolly Roger – Pirate flag (skull and crossbones)
- Lad or Lassie – A boy or a girl
- Old salt – longtime sailor
- Pillage – To plunder
- Savvy? – Do you catch my drift?
- Scallywag – Numbskull or rascal
- Shark bait – Anyone who is about to be tossed overboard into the sea
- Thar she blows! – There’s a whale.
- Shipshape – Neat and tidy
- Three sheets to the wind – Inebriated
- Yo-ho! – Let’s celebrate.
Why not test the waters with some pirate terminology to mark Talk Like a Pirate Day? Ye might take a liking to some swashbucklin’ chatter.
Blame it on Blackbeard, or pass it off on Disney’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Still, everyone can pretend to be a pirate, at least for a moment, on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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