Avast, all ye landlubbers and pirate lovers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up on September 19th. Are you prepared to put on your best swashbuckling accent and have some sailing theme fun? We have to admit that all the time we spend on land doesn’t provide the best training for talking like a salty bilge rat, but with a few refreshers you will be ready to talk like a sailor in time to throw the perfect pirate party.
Talking like a pirate takes more than just droppin’ yer G’s and slurrin’ yer words. Pirates There are a few online pirate dictionaries that can help you learn all sorts of buccaneer lingo, but for starters we have listed out some pirate basics:
Ahoy! – “Hello!”
Aye aye! – “Yes, absolutely!”
Booty – Something of great value
Hoist the colors! – Raise the pirate flag
Land lubber – A land lover, someone not familiar with sailing. Use this one to insult all your friends not cool enough to join in on the Talk Like a Pirate Day fun.
Matey – Shipmate or friend
Savvy? – “Do you understand?”
Smartly – Quickly
Shiver me timbers! – “Is that so?” Originally stemming from the splinters created when a cannon ball hit the ship
Grog – An alcoholic drink
Wench – A woman, girl, or pirate lass
Once you have the vocabulary down, you can make sure you look the part of a scurvy sailor with our top pirate costumes. For a style worthy of pirate jabber, look to sassy women’s options like a Sexy Swashbuckler Pirate or Rustic Pirate Lady Elite Adult Costume which feature design details like a corset top over an off-shoulder blouse. A girl’s pirate dress that shows off glamorous ruffles and satin material can make you look a bit fancier than your typical wench or cabin boy. For a simple look your kids will love on Talk Like a Pirate Day and every play time after, opt for a basic child’s pirate accessory set that includes a vest, striped shirt, sash, eye patch, Jolly Roger hat, and sword.
You can draw inspiration from some of the greatest pirates to sail the Seven Seas. A Men’s Blackbeard Costume helps create a fearsome look reserved for only the fiercest of scalawags. Other famous names both fictional and historic include Captain Hook, Jack Sparrow, Calico Jack, Captain Kidd, and Barbossa. These ruthless buccaneers certainly used pirate slang to give orders aboard their famous ships!
You can sound as cool as these big names in piracy when you tell your friends to “Make sail!” or “C’mere, me matey!” on this silly holiday. Get into the pirate spirit this September for International Talk Like a Pirate Day by hosting your own pirate themed party complete with swashbuckling costumes, accents, games, food and music!