POINTERS ON HOW TO TALK LIKE A PIRATE! Aaaaar!
- Say ‘Aaaaar a lot.
- Curse a lot but don’t use conventional swear words
as this betrays a lack of imagination.
- Use the present tense and say ‘I be’ rather than ‘I am’ and use me instead of I whenever
possible eg. Got me a terrible snivvle and I be feelin’ loike a rat in a sack.
- When addressing others use ‘yer’ and yar instead
of you and your, and add some insult while yer at it. Eg ‘Ya filthy robbin’ scumbag’, or Yer be like a boil on a bilge rat’s bum’.
- Leave out any unnecessary consonants.
SOME PIRATE WORDS & SAYINGS TO PRACTISE:
Pirates say this a lot to indicate general approval but it doesn’t mean anything, just keep saying it and you’ll be speakin
like a pirate – aaaaaaaar
from hold fast – stop and pay attention
Sailors greeting used by pirates- hello
Yes – pirates and seamen usually say it twice – aye aye
Derived from By God
Nonsense – the bilges are the lowest part of a sailing ship where everything foul and unpleasant accumulates!
An insult (obviously) but usually friendly
Anything worth purloining – treasure or stolen goods
Caribbean pirates or pirates in general.
Cat o nine tails
A vicious whip with nine tails, used more by the kings men than pirates
Bottom of the sea where drowned pirates and mariners go
Insult or term of endearment – it’s all the same to pirates!
Pirate Heaven – Assumin that pirates ever get to heaven
Front end of a pirate’s ship – or any other
Alcoholic drink – usually
rum and water
Food – ship’s
provisions were often infested with maggots!
Quickly or a job well done
Shipmates or friends
The famous pirate flag
A punishment where a sailor is dragged under the ship by a rope – usually fatal due to skin being torn off by barnacles>
Again a tradition from the Royal Navy rather than a pirate tradition.
Young woman – usually a complimentary term
Fainthearted – pirates have to be bold as they are hung if caught
Left on a deserted island as a punishment
Surrender will not be accepted
Pieces of eight
Money – Specifically when a coin was cut into eight pieces
Steal or pilfer
Not the toilets! It was the highest deck on larger ships
Carrying an infectious disease
That drink and also an adjective meaning odd or strange
Salt or sea
Experienced sailor or pirate
A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, and a general insult as in you scurvy dog
A threat to enemies – to turn them into shark bait
Shiver me timbers
An expression of surprise you can use when you get bored with saying aaaaar
Stolen booty or treasure – used by all thieves not
at sea, either other pirates or the kings men
Walk the plank
Walk off the end of a plank into the sea to drown
Unflattering word for girl or woman
Yo ho ho
Well me hearties ere’s til next year Araaaar!!