Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy Matey!

I best be givin’ you some excitin’ news… September 19 be one o' best holidays o' thee year. It’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, scallywags! C’mon lad, don’t tell me ye forgot- or ye be walkin’ the plank!

Lucky for you, I won’t be writing this whole article in pirate talk, but I will help you create an out of this world “Talk Like a Pirate Day” party. Here’s how:

First, you must learn how to talk like a pirate.

Surprisingly, there are many different websites that teach how to talk fluent pirate, but let’s start with the basics: pirate expressions. Below are some phrases from to memorize and practice.

Ahoy Used to hail a ship or a person or to attract attention.

Arr! / Argh / Arrgh! / Yarr! / Harr! etc. A general piratical term - can be used with anything.

Avast! Used as a command to stop or desist.

Belay Used in the imperative as an order to stop. Belay there!

Blimey! Used to express frustration.

Bucko A friend.

Dead men tell no tales Phrase explaining why pirates leave no survivors.

Gangway! Used to clear a passage through a crowded area.

Hang the jib To look ill-tempered or annoyed. To pout.

He's gone to Davy Jones's locker He is dead. (Davy Jones's locker is also the bottom of the sea)

Me hearties My Comrade; boon companion; good fellow; a term of familiar address and fellowship among sailors. Captains often refer to their entire crew this way.

Shiver me timbers! An expression of surprise.

Sink me! An expression of surprise.

Splice the Mainbrace! To have a Drink.

Yo-ho-ho Completely meaningless, but fun to say.

You’ll be sure to impress your guests using this pirate lingo.

Second, dress the part.

All of these items are acceptable for girls and guys when dressing like a pirate:

-Eye patch

-Hoop earrings

-Lots of jewelry

-Bandana (around the neck or on top of head)



-Old, torn up T-shirts



-Swords (fake of course)

-Mini telescope




-Pirate Hat


-Golden tooth

-Parrott (if you have one, why not?)

For an accurate depiction, look no further than captain Jack Sparrow himself.

Third, do “pirate-y” things.

What are some “pirate-y” things, you ask?

Searching for Treasure

-Create a treasure map and let your guests search for hidden treasure. The treasure could be money, treats, toys, anything.

-You can separate your guests into teams. Make them drive all around the city, or keep them searching in your home.

Walking the plank

- Make your party a pool party complete with water games. (You don’t have to keep your pirate custom on the whole time!)


- Whether it’s a sword fight (not with real swords of course), a race, or an arm wrestle, pirates are all about proving they’re the best.

Watch Other Pirates

-You know what I’m talking about. Hook. Pirates of the Caribbean. Treasure Island. Pick your favorite and watch it!

Last, but most certainly not least, you must eat pirate foods.

Real pirates ate Salmagundi. Salmagundi is basically a “salad” filled with random hodge-podge food items including meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and eggs… Really good eggs.

Or, if you don’t want to go the authentic route with your guests, get creative with your oeuvres.

Take a look at these ideas.

Hot Dog Boats

Oyster Peal Cookies

Pirate Gold

Shark Cupcakes

AVAST BUCKOS! Enjoy these ideas and have a wonderful “Talk like a Pirate” day!


    Bethany Bird
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
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