Landlubbers are known to use pirate words, and some even dress up like pirates, for Talk Like a Pirate Day every September 19. In the Alachua County Library District, the staff is a scurvy crew and have celebrated this day every year for the past decade.
Let's get you bilge rats ready to celebrate with a lesson on pirate talk and then some pirate jokes to make you say, "Yo-ho-ho." Thar be pirate crafts below, and a link to pirate books in the library too!
How to Talk Like a Pirate
Arrr: yes or I agree
Avast: stop and give attention
Aye aye: I understand and will carry out your order
Be: am, is, are
Belay: stop, as in “Belay that landlubber talk.”
Bilge rat: a pirate insult
Booty: pirate treasure
Briny deep: the ocean
Cap’n: short for captain, a term of respect
Doubloons: Spanish gold coins
Jolly Roger: the pirate flag
Landlubber: a non-sailor, also used as an insult
Lass: a lady or a girl
Matey: shipmate or friend
Me hearty: my friend
Pieces o’eight: broken pieces of silver coins
Scurvy dog: a pirate insult
Shiver me timbers: an expression of surprise
Swab: to mop or clean something
Swashbucklin’: the pirate life on the high seas
Yo-ho-ho: pirate expression of joy or laughter
What does a pirate say when his wooden leg freezes? Shiver me timbers!
What is a pirate’s hairstyle called? A crew cut.
Why don’t pirates shower before they walk the plank? Because they will wash up on the shore later.
What is a pirate’s favorite doll? A Baaarrrbie.
How do pirates dispose of their trash? They throw it in the gaaarrrbage can.
What is a pirate’s favorite kind of fish? A swordfish.
How much do pirates charge for piercing an ear? A buck-an-ear.
What shivers at the bottom of the sea? A nervous wreck.