The International Day of talking like a pirate began in 2002 and is still going strong in 2017 as people gear up to speak a new sea fairing language for the day. Here’s one of Charlie’s little pirates!
Blow me down – Oh my god
Avast ye – Look at this
Heave Ho – Put your back into to it
Pillage – Rob or plunder
Savvy? – Do you understand or do you agree?
Thar she blows! – When you see a whale
Shiver me timbers! – Oh my god
Scallywag – mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue
Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings
Landlubber – big, slow clumsy person who doesn’t know how to sail
Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult
Cleave him to the brisket – to cut across the chest, from one shoulder to the lower abdomen
Dead men tell no tales – phrase indicating to leave no survivors
Scuttle – to sink a ship
Seadog – old pirate or sailor
Old Salt – an experienced sailor
Three sheets to the wind – someone who is very drunk. One sheet is mildly drunk and four sheets is passed out
Batten down the hatches – put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! – the exhortation of discontent or disgust
Ahoy! – Hello!
Ahoy, Matey – Hello, my friend!
The Black Spot – Death threat
To get in true pirating spirit you can find out what your pirate name would be so you can celebrate in authenticity.