Did you know that September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day?
Created by two friends in 1995 as a joke, Talk Like a Pirate Day has become a beloved faux-holiday that lets everyone channel their inner Jack Sparrow.
Some Common Pirate Terms:
Ahoy - hello
Avast ye! - Stop you!
Landlubber - a person who is uncomfortable, or not incredibly skilled, at sea
Lily-livered - an insult for someone who displays cowardice
Briney deep - the ocean
Hornswaggle - to cheat, swindle
Crow's Nest - the place on the ship where the lookout stand is built
Seadog - an old sailor or pirate
Why not practice your pirate lingo while watching some of the most popular pirate films of all time:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda, and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.
Treasure Planet (2002)
This fab film
is a Disney version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that this movie is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.
Treasure Island (1950)
The adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver. Enchanted by the idea of locating treasure buried by Captain Flint, Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey and Jim Hawkins charter a sailing voyage to a Caribbean island. Unfortunately, a large number of Flint's old pirate crew are aboard the ship, including Long John Silver.
When Captain James Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, and Bob Hoskins.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.
Although real pirates likely didn’t use much of the vocabulary we now think of as “pirate lingo,” Talk Like a Pirate Day gives us a fun opportunity to break out of our routine, learn some history, and celebrate a bygone era.