Daily Archives: April 12, 2006

Talk Like A Pirate

September 19, 2006 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, so you have the summer to learn the linguo. There are several sites that can help, such as Pirate Speak – Talk Like A Pirate Day UK Headquarters. There are some basic rules:

  • 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!

The site also has a list of mighty useful piratical words that’ll help ye sound like ye belong.

Another site not only gives a list of expressions but also provides a (more or less effective) Pirate Speak Translator.

Arrr, so get goin’, mate, and learn ye the pirate speak. But try as ye might, ye’ll ne’er get me buried booty!

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