Talk like a Pirate Day

Written by MiriamSpall on Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 21:19

"Talk like a Pirate" day is celebrated around the world on September 19th and it encourages you to inject pirate-themed words and noises into everything you say. This sounds like the perfect opportunity for kids and grown ups to have some pirate adventures! I am already making plans on how we are going to spend the day, as pirates are one of my son's favourite characters. But how did it start and when, "Talk like a pirate day" started by two friends in 1992, John Baur and Mark Summers, who celebrate it between them for 7 years until they met Dave Barry,  a syndicated columnist and the author of somewhere between 4 and 6,000 books and the rest is history.

Where To Go in Suffolk

Suffolk offers some fantastic coastal museums to explore, including Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Museum, Orford Museum and Felixstowe Museum, Lowestoft is a great place to head to if you’re a modern day pirate, with Walk the Plank at Adventure Island Play.

What about a day digging at RSPB Minsmere?  Sep 17 - 10:00 to 16:00. Cost: £85 per parent-child team (ages 6-11), which includes tuition, coffee/tea, and all sessions.

ARCHAEOLOGY ISN'T JUST FOR ADULTS! This one-day DigCamp at RSPB Minsmere gives parents and children a very special opportunity to dig with archaeologists and find out if there were Medieval ‘pirate priests’ in Suffolk.

Don't miss Landguard Fort (Felixstowe, IP11 3TW) annual "Talk Like a Pirate" Day Event" Sep 17 - 10:00 to Sep 18 - 17:00

Come and meet a motley band of pirates, smugglers, cutthroats and wenches, having made landfall at Felixstowe to carouse and celebrate their success on the high seas. Learn to talk like a pirate, sea shanties, sword fighting, net making, games and treasure trail. Normal admission charges and opening times for the Fort apply.

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

  • Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
  • Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
  • Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
  • Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

Advanced pirate lingo; or On beyond “Aarrr!”

Once you've mastered the basics, you're ready to start expanding your pirate vocabulary. Try these for starters

  • Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.
  • Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship.
  • Bung hole – Victuals 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. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it?
  • Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either.
  • Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do.
  • Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land.
  • Smartly – Do something quickly.

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