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It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arrgh mateys! ‘Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and you must learn the pirate alphabet to communicate with your fellow buccaneers.

What did the pirate do when he brushed his teeth? He gARRRRgled!

How much does a pirate charge for corn? A buck an ear!

Johnny Depp Pirates of the Carribbean

Talking like a pirate may not come naturally to you, what with your proper English learned at a real school (pirates only attend the School of Hard Knocks) but here are some tips on how to land the pirate lingo, courtesy of

  • “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.”

The site also has a helpful handy list of pirate vocab — better study up on this, sprogs.

Need more help? Check out this video of the Pirate Alphabet:

Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they spend years at “c”!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was started in 1995 by John Baur — pirate name Ol’ Chumbucket — and Mark Summers — pirate name Cap’n Slappy.

Image courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

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