Aye! It’s Talk Like Yer a Pirate Day!

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National Talk Like a Pirate Day was dreamed up in 1995 when two friends playing racquetball slipped into pirate talk to entertain themselves while playing a bad game. They realized that the pirate lingo had made the time fly by quickly even though they were struggling, and before long they decided to share the fun with everyone else by starting a national holiday.

Get yer sea legs, and earn yer own barrel o’ rum by practicing yer own version of “Pirate-ese” for a Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. We’re happy to help ya take yer first peg-legged step towards impressing yer friends and learning how to talk like yer a pirate:

Ahoy! – “Hello!”

Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” or “Check it out” or “No way!”

Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”

Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that!”

Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on something sharp. “Arrr!” can mean, variously: “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” and “I’m enjoying this drink.”

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a attractive person. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty.”

Lubber – (or land lubber) A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.

Smartly – Do something quickly. “Smartly, mate,” you might say when sending the bar keeper off for another round.

Ya, Ye or Yer – Should be used instead of “you” or “your.” Also, refer to yourself as “me” instead of “I.”


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