What fun! The 19th September, 2018 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Have you tried switching the language in Facebook to 'Pirate'?
Be careful, I had to use a dictionary to figure out how to change it back again!

There is a web site where you can translate what you want to say into 'Pirate-ese' so do go hunting. Search for Pirate Monkeyness and you should find it. Alternatively, you can use the: 'Talk like a pirate day' translator. I am not allowed to post the links, sorry.

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Well anyway, here are a few terms to get you started:


All hands hoay=Everyone get on the deck
Avast ye=Pay attention
Black spot=Death threat
Dance the hempen jig=To hang someone
Dungbie=Rear end
Hempen halter=The noose used to hang people
Hornswaggle=To cheat
Shiver me timbers=An expression used to show shock or disbelief
Abaft=Back area of the boat
Binnacle=Where the compass is kept on board the ship
Cackle fruit=Chicken eggs
Coaming=A surface that prevented water on the deck from dripping to lower levels of the ship
Duffle=A sailor's belongings
Head=Toilet on board the ship
Holystone=Sandstone that was used to scrub the ships
Jacob's Ladder=Rope ladder that was used to climb aboard ships
Monkey=Small cannon
Monkey jacket=Short jacket worn by some of those aboard the ship
Orlop=Deck where cables are stored away
Poop deck=Deck that is the highest and farthest back
Cockswain=The helmsman
Flibustier=Pirates of the Golden Age
Freebooter=Refers to an actual pirate
Landlubber=A person who is not incredibly skilled at sea
Powder monkey=A gunner's assistant
Black jack=Large drinking cups
Davy Jones' Locker=Refers to death but means the bottom of the sea
Ahoy=Hello
Ahoy, matey=Hello, friend
Batten down the hatches=A signal to prepare the ship for an upcoming storm
Blimey!=Something said when one is in a state of surprise
Blow the man down=A command which means to kill somebody
Booty=Treasure
Buccaneer=Name for a pirate
Crow's nest=The place on the ship where the lookout stand is built
Cutlass=Type of sword used by the pirates
Feed the fish=Meaning that an individual or group of individuals will soon die
Heave ho=Instruction to put some strength into whatever one is doing
Jolly Roger=The famous pirate flag with a skull and crossbones on it
Man-O-War=The name used for a pirate ship that is all set and ready to go to war
Old salt=A sailor that has a great deal of experience on the seas
Privateer=Pirates who are sponsored by the government
Scallywag=A name that is used as an insult to someone
Scuttle=To sink a ship
Seadog=An old sailor or pirate
Shark bait=Going to die soon
Thar she blows!=An expression used when a whale is spotted from the ship
Son of a biscuit eater=An insult
Three sheets to the wind=Someone who is quite drunk
Walk the plank=A punishment which entails someone walking along the plank and falling off the end and so 'overboard'.
Yo Ho Ho=This is often used to express some sort of cheer but can also be used to call attention to the speaker.