Talk Like a Pirate - Pirate Words, Phrases, History and Character Tips by Grace OBlarney
Pirate Terms and Phrases
Today — Wednesday 19 September — is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which means you shed your landlubber tendencies and get all Jack Sparrow with your colleagues and friends. Find out how to incorporate pirate swagger into your workday. 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. To get in true pirating spirit you can find out what your pirate name would be so you can celebrate in authenticity. Since this is not a comprehensive list of the pirate tongue you might need a pirate translator.
Here be 51 common terms any good pirate should know, fer today or any day. Scroll down fer the list. Booty or bootie: spoils won from war, pillaging or plunder. Now used more commonly to denote prizes of any kind. Buccaneer: A pirate, especially one who raided the Spanish colonies along the American coast in the late s.
Is that pretty much the limit of your pirate lingo? With perhaps a shiver me timbers in the wings if you need it?
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How to Talk Like a Pirate
Maybe you are reading a great pirate book, like Robert Louis Stevenson 's classic Treasure Island , or playing Sea of Thieves and are looking for some meanings. Perhaps you're in a play or dressing up like a pirate for Halloween or a costume party, and you want to learn some pirate terms and phrases so you can really get into character. Whatever the reason, learning some pirate terms can be useful and fun. Read on, me hearties! If you think that there are only a few pirate terms and phrases to learn, you are absolutely mistaken! We've provided a vocabulary list of 50 fascinating pirate sayings although many more pirate idioms abound and you will see that there is quite a bit more to talking like a pirate than running around saying " Aarrr!