Arrr! Talk Like A Pirate Today!

Ahoy, matey. It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

You ask: why on earth should I talk like a pirate?

Why: The Pandemic. Do absolutely anything you can do to relieve the incessant stress and angst of 2020, even to the point of almost-certain personal mortification.

More Why:  Free Stuff. If you walk into a Long John Silver’s today and talk like a pirate, you will get a free piece of fish. And if you DRESS like a pirate, you will get 2 piece fish basket. That’s something to tell your grandchildren.

How: Don’t go overboard with it or anything.

  • Change your Facebook language setting to “Pirate.”
  • Blog or tweet in Pirate (note to self: done).
  • Talk like a Pirate to your kids. What are they going to do, move out?
  • And my favorite: talk like a Pirate to a pet, because they don’t judge.

Pirate Lingo

  • Ahoy! – Hi, there!
  • Aye – Yes.
  • Arr! – That’s right!
  • Blow me down! – Oh, my goodness!
  • Cackle Fruit – eggs
  • Doubloons – coins
  • Grub – food
  • Heave, to – stop
  • Jolly Roger – the pirate flag with a skull and cross bones
  • Lad, lass – young person
  • Matey – Friend
  • Me – My
  • Me Hearties – My Friends
  • Port – left
  • Savvy? – Know what I’m saying?
  • Shiver me timbers! – No way!
  • Starboard – right
  • Ye – You.
  • Yo ho ho – Exclamation of pleasure.

By the way, did you know there were lady pirates? Some of the most notorious pirates in North Carolina were women!


About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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