Monday, September 19, 2011

Talk Like a Pirate

Arggggh Mateys! Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Today be the day when scallywags and landlubbers alike can speak like a scurvy bilge rat (and no one will think its strange!) Here are a few words and phrases to help you speak like a pirate.

Avast! - Hey! Pay attention here!
Aye! - Yes, I agree.
Belay - to stop or ignore
Bilge Rat - the lowest of the low
Black Spot - a death threat consisting of a black spot on a scrap of paper
Davy Jones Locker - the place at the bottom of the sea where dead pirates go
Hoist the Colors - raise the flag
Jolly Roger - a pirate flag, sometimes featuring a skull and crossbones
Keel Hauled - to die by being dragged along the keel
Land Lubber - sloppy pirate slang for "land lover", one who only stays on land; could also
                      refer to someone too clumsy and slow to sail the seas
Me Hearties, Matey, or Bucko - my friends
Parley - a discussion between opposing sides, often to end fighting
Poppet - a young attractive woman
Saavy - Do you understand?
Saucy - sexy woman
Scrumpet - a woman, not the most polite, but not rude either
Smartly - do something quickly
Wench - a woman, can be derogatory

If you need a few phrases to get you started, try one of these:
Avast! Belay that or I'll send you down to Davy Jones Locker!
Smartly now, ya land lubber, or I'll keel haul you!
You're a right saucy wench, savvy?
Hoist the colors me hearties!

As I'm sure you've noticed, most pirate lingo is quite rude, but its all in good fun. Try some today and join in the celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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