How to talk like a pirate!

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on the 19th September!


On the 19th September, it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It’s good news for pirate fans! Talk Like a Pirate day is a day where you can talk like a pirate for a whole day. Or try to anyway.

This year it’s on a Saturday, so you won’t get told off by your teachers for talking like a pirate in class, yay!

If you’re a big fan of pirate adventure stories too, then check out The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones.

It’s a new book by Will Mabbitt and it’s about a girl called Mabel Jones who is kidnapped by pirates in the middle of the night and carried off to the pirate ship, the Feroshus Maggot!

Click here to find out more!

greasy plank

So if you ever end up in a situation like Mabel Jones, here are our most useful pirate words for you use, just in case you’re stuck for something to say.
You never know, it might save you from saying the wrong thing and walking the plank!


“Arrr!” can mean lots of different things.
“Yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” or just if you don’t know what else to say.
It’s not to be confused with “arrrgh!” which means you’ve just slipped whilst walking the plank and stubbed your toe.

“Stop and look at what I’m pointing at!”
It’s usually used when you see something you didn’t expect, a bit like “check it out!”.


Aye aye!
“Yes Captain Split! I’ll get on it right away!”

Bilge Rat!
The bilge is the lowest level of the ship.
It’s full of disgusting, dirty water and lots of rats. A bilge rat is a rat that lives in the bilge.

Land Lubber
“Land Lover”
This is a person who doesn’t go to sea, and stays on land.

A word to describe someone who is scared of everything.

A shipmate or a friend.

Me hearty
A close friend or shipmate.

My. For example: “where’s me pistol, me hearties?”

Pieces o’ eight
Pieces of silver which can be cut into eight pieces for change.

A bad person.

Scurvy dog!
Similar to bilge rat and scallywag.

Shiver me timbers!
An exclamation of surprise, to be shouted loudly. Usually used with “Avast!”.

Do something quickly.

A word to describe fighting and searching the seas for treasure.

The opposite of “here.” For example: “Aye! It’s o’er thar!” when telling Captain Split where he left his pirate sword.

Pirate laughter.

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones is out now, click here to find out more!

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