Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! To help ye with this scurvy occasion, we’ve collected some common pirate words and phrases – talkin’ pirate is more than just yellin’ “Arrr!”
We also have some fun pirate facts and a delicious recipe for homemade Grog! It might just “shiver ye timbers!”
Plus, what would talking like a pirate be without dressing like one? Check out the video by All About Learning Press.
Ahoy – Hello
Avast – a term of surprise
Aye – a term used in agreement
Aye, Aye – I’ll get right on that!
Arrr! – can mean, variously, yes, I agree, I’m happy
Beauty – used for a pretty woman – it’s a compliment
Bilge rat – the bilge is the lowest level of the ship, usually where stinky slimy water pools. To call someone a “bilge rat” is an insult.
Booty – stolen goodies
Briny Deep – the ocean
Hang the Jib – to frown or pout
Hearties – friends
Hornswaggle – to swindle something (usually money) from a person
Lad, lass, or lassie – a young person or child
Lubber (landlubber) – a person that prefers the land over the sea.
Me – my. Used when talking about oneself
Shiver Me Timbers – an exclamation of surprise
Smartly – do something quickly.
Thar she blows – used when spotting a whale
Ye – you
Yo Ho Ho – a happy expression
Pirates were not nice people. They stole things, drank too much, and were the “scourge of the high seas.”
Know what else pirates were? Check out these fun pirate facts.
Did you know?
- Blackbeard was the most feared pirate of them all. Before he would attack a ship, he would weave hemp into his beard, then light it on fire.
- Women were pirates, too.
- Each pirate ship ran by their own sets of rules and codes.
- Pirates never really made people “Walk the plank.” To kill a person, a pirate would usually tie them up and drag them behind the ship. Arrr!
- Pirates oftentimes drank Grog. This was a mixture of rum, lemon juice, water, and sugar.
Want to make your own Grog? Check out this kid-friendly recipe for a real Pirate drink!
You will need
- 6 cups of hot water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 (12 oz.) lemonade
- 1 (12 oz.) orange juice
- 1 (46 oz.) can pineapple juice
- 1 quart of 7-up
Directions: Dissolve sugar in hot water. Add other ingredients. Mix and enjoy! This Grog can also be frozen!
Yo Ho Ho! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Me thinks you lads, and lassies should make up a sentence from our Pirate Dictionary and leave it in the comments section. Or else, me may have to hang the jib!