Friday, September 19, 2008

Happy "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!


Arghh... and here be more info me got online for ye to help you be speakin like a right good pirate!

Pirates never say anything in an ordinary way. Everything is always better and bolder when talking like a pirate!! Here's some clues:


~Double up on all your adjectives and you'll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of "a big ship", they call it a "great, grand ship!" They never say never, they say "No nay ne'er!"
~Drop all your "g"'s when you speak and you'll get words like "rowin'", "sailin'" and "fightin'". ~Dropping all of your "v"'s will get you words like "ne'er", "e'er" and "o'er".
~Instead of saying "I am", sailors say, "I be". Instead of saying "You are", sailors say, "You be". ~Instead of saying, "They are", sailors say, "They be". Ne'er speak in anythin' but the present tense!
~If it be helpin', start yer sentence wi' a "Arr, me hearty," in a deep, throaty voice — ye'll find that the rest be comin' much easier.



Ahoy: Hey!
Arrr: Yes, I agree, I'm happy
Avast: Stop!
Aye: Yes
Bilge Rat: an insult
Black spot: to be 'placin' the black spot' be markin' someone for death. As in Treasure Island.
Booty: treasure
Bung hole – Food on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole.
Buccanneer: a pirate who be answerin' to no man or blasted government.
By the Powers!: an exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!
Cat o' nine tails: whip for floggin' mutineers
Corsair: a pirate who be makin' his berth in the Med-...Medi-...that sea 'tween Spain and Africa, aye!
Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom o' the sea, where the souls of dead men lie
Doubloons: pieces of gold...
Fiddlers Green: the private heaven where pirates be goin' when they die.
Furner: a ship which be yer own, not one ye steal an' plunder.
Gentlemen o' fortune: a slightly more positive term fer pirates!
Go on the account: to embark on a piratical cruise
Grog: A pirate's favorite drink.
Hornpipe: Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do.
Jack: a flag or a sailor
Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!
Keelhaul: a truly vicious punishment where a scurvy dog be tied to a rope and dragged along the barnacle-encrusted bottom of a ship. They not be survivin' this.
Landlubber: "Land-lover," someone not used to life onboard a ship.
Lass: A woman.
Lily-livered: faint o' heart
Loaded to the Gunwales (pron. gunnels): drunk
Matey: A shipmate or a friend.
Me Beauty: A lovely lady
Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.
Me: My.
Pieces o' eight: pieces o' silver which can be cut into eights to be givin' small change.
Privateer: a pirate officially sanctioned by a national power
Scallywag: A bad person. A scoundrel.
Scurvy dog!: another fine insult!
Shiver me timbers!: an exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.
Smartly: do something quickly.
Son of a Biscuit Eater: a derogatory term indicating a son of a sailor
Sprogs: raw, untrained recruits
Squadron: a group of ten or less warships
Squiffy: a buffoon
Swaggy: a scurvy cur's ship what ye be intendin' to loot!
Swashbucklin': fightin' and carousin' on the high seas!
Sweet trade: the career of piracy
Thar: The opposite of "here."
Walk the plank: this one be obvious.
Wench: a lady, although ye gents not be wantin' to use this around a lady who be stronger than ye.
Wi' a wannion: wi' a curse, or wi' a vengeance. Boldly, loudly!
Yo-ho-ho: Pirate laughter




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