Aye, it is true Ms Traveling Pants has learned to speak Pirate. All that was needed was a visit to the Bounty in Palm Beach, Florida this past weekend with a bunch of memateys! Our crew of Captain Jack Sparrow (as you see below) as well as other pirates led meever-curious landlubbers aboard the Bounty, which is probably best known for its usage in not only Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest, but also the classic Brando film, Mutiny on the Bounty.
So let’s cut to the chase. Let me mate, Cap’n Jack Sparrow, and I give you a lesson in how to talk like a pirate starting with a short list of commonly used terms….
Ahoy – a greeting; “Hello”
Arrr – a word that can mean many things, from “yes,” to “maybe,” to “I’ll think about it,” “I don’t know,” “That was good,” “That was bad,” or “That hurts”
Aye – Yes or okay.
Aye Aye – I’ll do that right away, or “Yes, I understand”
Booty – Loot, treasure, spices, jewels, or anything taken illegally.
Grog- generically any alcoholic drink, but most likely rum
Jolly Roger – a pirate flag usually showing white skull and crossbones on a black background.
Lad, lass, lassie – a way to address someone younger than you.
Landlubber- Land lover, someone not used to life on a ship.
Lily-livered– faint o’ heart
Matey – a friend and/or shipmate
Mutiny – a revolt against authority
Plunder – robbing or raiding.
Scallywag – a bad person; scoundrel.
Shiver Me Timbers– an exclamation of surprise, shock, and many times of fear
Sprogs – untrained recruits
Thar– the opposite of “here”
Walk the plank– no need to define this one… it’s bloody obvious.
Wench– a “lady” (typically a working girl a.k.a. a pirate’s barmaid or hooker)
Yo-ho-ho– pirate laughter
Watch out you scallywags! The Bounty has turned Ms Traveling Pants into a multi-lingual, grog drinking, sailor in search of treasure. Don’t mess with me or me mateys otherwise I will force you to walk the plank.
With or without the Pirate speak, you know I am always up for either a good time or to turn some NOT so good times into good stories. So pass the grog or some rum, and let’s yo-ho-ho together on more of me and me mateys’ stories.