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 this day is filled with shanties and good times with yer mateys!


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