TALK Like A PIRATE Day!
September 19, 2009
The Official Text:
Well Blow Me Down: A Guys Guide to Talking Like a Pirate (Paperback)
by John Baur (Author), Mark Summers (Author)
The Pirate Guys, LLC
840 Broadway S.W.
1. Avast - Stop and give attention
2. Ahoy - Hello
3. Aye - yes
4. Aye Aye - “I’ll get right on that, sir”
(said to a superior)
5. Arr - can mean variously “yes”,
“I agree”, “I’m happy”
Things a person could be:
Do I look Blood Thirsty Here?
1. Barnacle - This is a family of hard-shelled sea animals that attach themselves to rocks or ship hulls. They can cause significant damage to bottom of a wooden ship and so must be scraped off. In pirate talk, calling a person a barnacle is, if not a compliment, at least a sign of respect, or even manly affection.
2. Beauty - The best possible pirate statement to a woman. Always preceded by “me” as in “C’mere, me beauty.”
3. Bilge rat - The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It is loaded with weights to keep the ship from tipping over at sea and slimy water. A bilge rat is a rat that lives in the bilge of a ship.
4. Boarders - Pirates with knives clenched in their teeth going from their ship to the deck of their opponent’s ship.
5. Bloody - An adjective indicating disapproval. This actually is an offensive term in some English-speaking countries.
6. Bosun - A shortened form of “boatswain”, a ship’s lowest officer.
7. Brethren of the Coast
- A name the pirates of the
8. Buccaneer - From a French work, buccanier, literally meaning “one who hunts wild pork”.
9. Bucko - Friend, mate, buddy. Works well with the possessive “me” in front, as in “Well done, me bucko”
10. Cap’n - This is a title of respect, the rank of a person who commands a ship.
11. Corsair - Another name for a
pirate...possibly more often applied to pirates of the
12. Freebooter - Another word for pirate
13. Lubber - Incompetent sailor or oaf
14. Laddie - A term of affection with a touch of paternalism
15. Lassie - Diminutive for girl, woman
16. Matey - A shipmate, a friend or buddy
17. Me - Used in place of “my”
18. Salt or salty - Someone who is wise
to the ways of the sea
19. Sea dog - A seasoned, hardened,
20. Shark bait - A person who has been thrown overboard without benefit of a life jacket
21. Skipper - Same as cap’n but with a mocking connotation
22. Swashbuckler - One who engages in showy heroics
23. Wench - A saucy woman, typically of a lower class
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You will have to purchase the book to define the remaining terms below:
Share the Booty
Things That Are Things
3. Belaying Pin
5. Black Spot
9. Brass monkey
11. Bung hole
13. Cat ‘o’ nine tails
17. Crow’s nest
18. Davey Jones Locker
28. Glory hole
30. Gunwales, or
31. Hemper halter
33. Jack Ketch
34. Jolly Roger
39. Letter of marque
40. Lubber hole
41. Lubber line
44. Moses’ Law
45. On the account
46. Piece of eight
47. Pirate rounds, The
57. Scut work
61. Seven Seas
62. Skull and crossbones
Things you can do:
3. Blow me down
5. Dance the hempen jig
6. Haul a jib
7. Haul in the mainsheet
8. Heave to
11. Measure the chains
13. Shiver me timbers
15. Splice the mainbrace
18. Swing the lead
19. Tales, dead men tell no
20. Take a caulk
21. Walk the Plank
22. Weigh the Anchor
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National Geographic Channel ran a special called “Code of the Pirates”. It featured Samuel Bellamy, but some of the facts of the documentary and what we have posted on our web site differs:
However, I still love to play Pirate. Can you find me?
At FCCJ’s Family Literacy Festival in 2007:
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