Today is “Talk Like a Pirate” Day

Ahoy Mateys! September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

pirate_with_treasurePirate Vocabulary:
Ye – you
Me – my
Ahoy – hello
Avast – hey
Aye – yes
Blimey – an exclamation of surprise
Booty – loot
Bucko – friend
Cap’n – short for Captain
Davey Jones’ Locker – the bottom of the sea
Deadlights – eyes
Doubloon – a Spanish gold coin
Gangway – get out of my way
Grub – food
Landlubber – a non-sailor
Larboard – the left side of the ship (also called port)
Me hearties – typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew
Matey – friend
No quarter given – surrender will not be accepted
Sail ho – I see a ship
Sea dog – an experienced seaman
Shanty – a sea song
Shipshape – well organized, under control
Shiver me timbers – an expression of surprise
Starboard – the right side of the ship

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Learn more about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” at

See also: Arrrggg You Serious? How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate (for links to pirate language tutorials and more)

Find a page of pirate day activities at

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