Creative Play Quick Tip: It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr, mateys! We’d be scurvy to miss wishing ya a HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Enjoy a day filled with giggles and pretend-play fun as you try out some of our favorite pirate words and sayings.

Barnacle Bart pirate puppet from Melissa & DougA PIRATE PRIMER FROM BARNACLE BART

Ahoy – hello!

Aye – yes

Booty – treasure

Bounty – reward

Buccaneer – another word for pirate

Hornswaggle – to cheat

Jolly Roger – the pirate flag (skull and crossbones)

Maroon – to leave all alone (on a desert island, for instance)

Matey – shipmate, fellow crew member, or friend

Old salt – a longtime sailor

Shiver me timbers – I’m surprised!

Shanty – a song to sing at sea

Walk the plank – to be forced off the ship

And of course, there’s “Arrr!” Say this to start a sentence, end a sentence, or pass the time between pirate conversations. You can use all of these words to help make up a pirate story, or just swagger round the “deck” and be guided by your own inner cap’n!

We hope Talk Like a Pirate Day is filled with shanties and good times with yer mateys! Arrr!

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Yo-ho-ho! More booty fer yer pirate adventure . . .


  1. Yo-ho-ho, me heartie! Long Jeanette Silver