Avast Me Hearties! It’s talk like a pirate day. Essential phrases every new pirate should knows

My favourite day of the year is upon us!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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I be observin’ the Pirate Day dress code

To help you stand out from your fellow landlubbers, here are some essential tips and phrases every new pirate should know.

Content courtesy of Capn’ Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket  and Huffington Post UK. Check out these links for more.

All purpose pirate talkin’ advice:

Double up on all your adjectives and you’ll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of “a big ship”, they call it a “great, grand ship!” They never say “never”, they say “No nay ne’er!”

Drop all your “g”‘s when you speak and you’ll get words like “rowin'”, “sailin'” and “fightin'”. Dropping all of your “v”‘s will get you words like “ne’er”, “e’er” and “o’er”.

Instead of saying “I am”, sailors say, “I be”. Instead of saying “You are”, sailors say, “You be”. Instead of saying, “They are”, sailors say, “They be”. Ne’er speak in anythin’ but the present tense!

Useful Pirate Terms and phrases:

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste.

Keelhaul – punishment in which a person where dragged underneath the pirate ship from side to side and was lacerated by the barnacles on the vessel

Batten down the hatches – put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing

Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings

Landlubber – big, slow clumsy person who doesn’t know how to sail

Poop deck – the part of the ship farthest to the back, which is usually above the captain’s quarters. This is not the bathroom

Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! – pull up the anchor and the sail and let’s get going

Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult

Bilge rat – a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship (lowest levels). Pirates, just like their modern-day counterparts (regular guys), love to joke and jibe with their buddies. By all means, pirates will call their buddies “bilge rats”

Black spot – to be ‘placin’ the black spot’ be markin’ someone for death.

Davy Jones’ Locker – the bottom o’ the sea, where the souls of dead men lie.

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