Arrrgh! It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day…when mature adults are encouraged to babble like a buckaneer. The scurvy tradition began when two swashbucklers, John Baur and Mark Summers, came up with the idea over a game of that old pirate favorite, racquetball, back in 1995. But it wasn’t until columnist Dave Barry mentioned it in a 2002 story that the idea took off like gangbusters, and just like that, Talk Like a Pirate Day spread around the globe. Today, scallywags in more than 40 countries celebrate this holiday!
To get you landlubbers off to a good start, I’ve compiled a list of common pirate words and phrases to impress the lads and lasses in your life. Don’t worry if you forget these terms, just give a good, hearty “Yarrrr!”
Ahoy, me harties! – Hello, my friends!
Avast ye varmint – Stop right there young man because you’re in big trouble.
Blimey! – exclamation of surprise
Head – toilet
Shipshape – cleaned up and under control
Shiver me timbers! – comparable to “Holy Crap!”
“Weigh anchor!” – Let’s go!
Ye – you
Yo Ho Ho – cheerful exclamation
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