Pirate Harbor

Ahoy Matey

Pirates never say anything in an ordinary way. Everything is always better and bolder when talking like a pirate! Double up on all your adjectives and you’ll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of “a big ship,” they call it a “great, grand ship!” They never say never, they say “No nay ne’er!”

Drop all your “g”s when you speak and you’ll get words like “rowin'”, “sailin'” and “fightin’.” Dropping all of your “v”s will get you words like “ne’er”, “e’er” and “o’er.”

Ne’er speak in anythin’ but the present tense! Instead of saying “I am,” sailors say, “I be.” Instead of saying “You are”, sailors say, “You be.” Instead of saying, “They are,” sailors say, “They be.”

If it be helpin’, start yer sentence wi’ a “Arr, me hearty,” in a deep, throaty voice — ye’ll find that the rest be comin’ much easier.

Walk the plank

This one be obvious.

Swashbucklin’

Fightin’ and carousin’ on the high seas!

Swab the deck!

Mop the ship’s deck!

Shiver me timbers!

An exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.

Pieces o’ eight

Pieces o’ silver which can be cut into eights to be givin’ small change.

Maroon

To leave someone on a deserted island.

Jack

A flag or a sailor.

Hornpipe

Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do.

Harbor

A place where ships are sheltered from rough waves

Galley

A ship that uses oars to move.

Galleon

A large ship, usually with three masts and square sails.

Furner

A ship which be yer own, not one ye steal an’ plunder.

Doubloons

Pieces of gold…

Code of conduct

A set of rules that told pirates how they should behave.

By the Powers!

An exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!

Buccanneer

A pirate who be answerin’ to no man or blasted government.

Booty

treasure

Aye

Yes

Avast

Stop!

Arrr

Yes, I agree, I’m happy

Ahoy

Hey!

About the Leaks!

An order to fix the leaks in the hull.