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How To Talk Like A Pirate

Here's a few tips if you want to speak piratey! It's simple to speak like one,

just simplify you poxy dogs!


1) Double all adjectives. Don't speak about you as a dangerous pirate, call yourself a dangerous hazardous pirate.

2) Leave out all g' and v's. Say sailin' instead of sailing or ne'er instead of never.

3) Don't speak in any other tense than the present tense. Instead of conjugating the verbs, just say me be, you be, we be.

4) Don't say I. Say me. "Lookit me new sword!"

5) Never use you or you're. Say yer, ye or ya like "here's yer dinner, ya mangy cockroach!"

6) Don't say Oh, say O'


Pirate Slag - English

Ahoy! - Hey! or Hello!

Aye! - Yes!

Arrrr - Yes, I agree or I'm happy

Avast - To tell others stop and pay attention like "Look here everybody, I gotta tell you something"

Belay - Stop that or Cut it out

Bilge - Unwanted water collecting in your ship (weighs her down and needs to be removed)

Blaggard - An untrustworthy scoundrel

Boatswain - often pronounced Bosun. Usually in charge of the deck such as crew, equipment or activity.

Booty - Treasure

Bucko - show off

Cat O'Nine Tails - A multi-tailed whip

Dance the Hempen Jig - To hang

Doubloon - Gold coins, very precious currency

Davy Jones' Locker - A reference to death. An imaginary place that holds dead sailor and pirates.

To be in Davy's Grip: Close to death

To have the Davies or the Joneseys: To be frightened

To see you to Davy Jones: To threaten to kill someone

Dungbie - The hiney or read end

Grog - watered down rum or yum!

Fer - For

Hearty - More friendly than "matey"

Hempen Halter - the noose

Hornswaggle - to cheat or defraud

Jack Tar - seamen of the merchant navy (it's an insult if you say this to a pirate)

Jolly Ranger - The pirate flag (skull and crossbones)

Landlubber - People who are not skilled at being on a boat or people who are from the land

Loaded to the Gunwales - To be tipsy

Matey - Friendly way to call a person

Me - I

Parley - Discuss a halt to fighting or related matters.

Pieces o' Eight - Silver coins that are worth less than a Doubloon.

Shiver me Timbers! - An exclamation of surprise!

Swing the Lead - Throw a weight overboard to measure the water's depth

Scurvy Dog! - An insult

Take a Caulk - Take a nap on the deck

Yer, ye, ya - you or you're

Yo ho ho! - Pirate laughter

O' - Oh

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