All hands on deck! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so it’s time to batten down the hatches and greet everyone with an “ahoy, matey!”

This annual event was started back in 1995 when a game of racquetball resulted in someone reacting to pain with an outburst of “aaaaarrrr!” That really is how the idea came about! It first started off as an inside joke between John Baur and Mark Summers, but 7 years later the holiday gained exposure when John and Mark sent a letter about their special day to an American columnist, Dave Berry. Berry promoted the day, and then slowly but surely it became a viral event!

Below are some words to help you get through the day!

  • Ahoy = hello
  • All hands on deck = emergency
  • Arrr = agreed
  • Aye = yes
  • Batten down the hatches = prepare for a storm
  • Blaggard = a person who cannot be trusted
  • Booty = stolen goods
  • Brig = ship prison
  • Buccaneer = pirate
  • Deep = ocean
  • Hearties = friends
  • Land ahoy = land spotted
  • Matey = buddy
  • Me = my
  • Pirate = robber of the sea
  • Salt = a seasoned sailor
  • Savvy = understand
  • Scourge = troublemaker
  • Scuttle = sink the ship
  • Sea dog = experienced sailor
  • Set sail = head out to sea
  • Shanty = sea songs
  • Shipmate = fellow sailor
  • Shipshape = good condition
  • Shiver me timbers = crikey
  • Swashbuckler = pirate
  • Ye = you

We hope this helps! Make sure to show us how you’re celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day on our social media pages.