Sometime around 1995, two friends in Oregon first celebrated their own creation – International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The two men go back Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket in their roles as the pirates who established this light-hearted holiday. Over the years, Talk Like a Pirate Day has taken on impressive dimensions. There are now cities and towns around the world who host parades, parties and contests on September 19th, all with a pirate theme.
Tie-Ins to Talk Like a Pirate Day
Organizations that already exploited the romantic traditions of piracy from a bygone era quickly appropriated aspects of the holiday. The satiric “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day, proposing that pirates weren’t really thieves and rogues, but “peace-loving explorers” who spread cheer.
Over the years, search engines, gaming platforms and others have added a pirate language option that could be utilized on September 19th. You can now find pirate events around the globe on this day, including in port towns such as New Orleans, where piracy is very much a part of the local heritage.
Talking Like a Pirate
Here are a few pirate phrases to get you started for Talk Like a Pirate Day. These are borrowed directly from the website Pirate Treasure Now, where you can find even more Pirate Phrases and information.
- Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! – exhortation of discontent or disgust
- Ahoy, Matey – Hello, my friend!
- Avast ye – stop and check this out or pay attention
- Aye – yes
- Batten down the hatches – put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing
- Blimey! – exhortation of surprise
- Blow me down! – expression of shock of disbelief akin to “Holy Crap!”
- Booty – treasure
- Buccaneer – a pirate
- Bucko – a buccaneer
- Crow’s nest – small platform atop the mast where the lookout stands
- Cutlass – short heavy curved bladed sword used by pirates
- Doubloons – other coins or found in pirate hoards and stashes
- Hang ‘im from the yardarm – punishment of those captured in battle
- Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings
- Keelhaul – punishment in which a person where dragged underneath the pirate ship from side to side and was lacerated by the barnacles on the vessel
- Landlubber – big, slow clumsy person who doesn’t know how to sail
- Letters of Marque – letters issue from governments during wartime to privateers endorsing the piracy of another vessel
- Old Salt – an experienced sailor
- Rum – pirate’s traditional alcoholic beverage
- Savvy? – do you understand and do you agree?
- Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult
- Shipshape – cleaned up and under control
- Shiver me timbers! – comparable to “Holy Crap!”
- Thar she blows! – Whale sighting
- Walk the plank – punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones’ Locker.
- Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! – pull up the anchor and the sail and let’s get going
- Ye – you
- Yo Ho Ho – cheerful exhortation to demand attention
Dressing Like a Pirate
While the only prerequisite for Talk Like a Pirate Day is using pirate lingo, most people also play at being a pirate for the day by dressing appropriately. At Halloween Empire, we have all everything you need to be a true swashbuckler on September 19th, including Pirate Wench costumes, Pirate Captain costumes and Pirate costumes for the younger set.
Accessorizing Like a Pirate
To make your pirate outfit more authentic, don’t forget to accessorize properly. We have tri-corner pirate hats, swords and pirate pistols to wield on Talk Like a Pirate Day. Your accent will sound even more authentic if you’re threateningly brandishing a sword or you’ve got an impressive scar on your face. Of course, you can’t forget the pirate eye patch!
You may also want to decorate your home of office cubicle with a few symbols of your pirate status this year. Halloween Empire has the Jolly Roger pirate flag and an awesome pirate coin bag filled with lots of pirate coins in silver and gold. If you’re seriously wanting to share the bounty of your piracy on Talk Like a Pirate Day, give out some of your coins to people you meet on September 19th with a hearty, “Enjoy, maties!”