Arrrrrr, me mateys! Did you know that today is the official International Talk Like A Pirate Day? Avast! And gather a grog or two and brush up on pirate life from our friends at talklikeapirate.com.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!
We have some basic and advanced pirate lingo below.
OK, time for Pirate 101, courtesy of talklikeapirate.com
Ahoy! - "Hello!"
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," and "That was a clever remark you or I just made."
Now that we have the basics out of the way, we can move on to advanced lessons.
Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty.”
Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship.
Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water.
Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do.
Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land.
Smartly – Do something quickly. On Talk Like a Pirate Day, you could say: “Smartly, me lass,” when you ask the female bartender for another grog.
And, me mateys, here’s a pirate song to serenade you: