It all started on June 6th 1995 when friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, were playing racquetball. They found the game was more fun when they shouted encouragement to each other using “pirate talk.” It wasn’t until 2002 when Baur happened upon Dave Barry’s (author and columnist) e-mail address and contacted him with the great idea of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Dave Barry wrote a column about Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it took off from there.
You can talk like a pirate:
Ahoy! – Hello!
Aye – yes
Blow me down! – expression of shock of disbelief akin to “Oh my gosh!”
Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings
Pieces of eight – coins or found in pirate stashes
Run a shot across the bow – warning shot to another vessel’s captain
Savvy? – do you understand and do you agree?
Scallywag – mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue
Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult
Scuttle – to sink a ship
Seadog – old pirate or sailor
Shiver me timbers! – comparable to “Oh my gosh!”
Thar she blows! – Whale sighting
Walk the plank – punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones’ Locker.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! – pull up the anchor and the sail and let’s get going
Yo Ho Ho – cheerful exhortation to demand attention
Stop in to see our pirate book display, and check out some books to take home with you!
What have you done to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? Please share your ideas below in the comment section.