Ahoy there, mateys! Saturday, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
If you don’t want to end up sounding like a landlubber on the most piratey day of the year these 20 words and phrases will help you sound like and old sea dog.
Ahoy! – Hello!
Avast ye! – Pay attention!
Aye! – Yes!
Aye aye captain! – What to say when the captain tells you to do something (then do it quickly!)
Batten down the hatches! - Get the ship ready for a storm.
Blimey! – What a pirate says when they’re surprised.
Blow the man down - To kill someone.
Booty – Pirate treasure.
Crow’s nest – The small platform at the top of a ship’s mast for a lookout.
Cutlass – The type of sword used by pirates.
Fire in the hole! – The warning before you fire a cannon.
Grog – What a pirate drinks.
Hornswaggle – To cheat someone.
Landlubber – A person who is not used to being at sea.
Pieces of eight – Pirate coins.
Pillage – To steal something.
Scurvy dog – A pirate insult.
Seadog – An old pirate or sailor
Shiver me timbers! – What a pirate says when they’re even more surprised than blimey!
Thar she blows! – What to say when you see a whale spout.