Donielle Flynn

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Avast ye, landlubbers, and baton down the hatches for Talk Like a Pirate Day be here!  I love “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  In order to properly celebrate, you need to have some pirate vocabulary at your disposal. There’s a SLEW of terms at  I’ve narrowed down their list to the top 15 pirate phrases to know for today.

For a quick tutorial on talking like a pirate, check this out:

Now that you know HOW to say it, here are some words and phrases you can throw around.

Check out my pirate vocabulary guide:

  • Ahoy


  • Avast ye

    Your attention, please.

  • Batton down the hatches

    Prepare for the imminent storm.

  • Booty

    Stolen treasure or other goods

  • Davy Jone's Lockker

    A reference to the bottom of the sea that holds the pirates that have been killed or drowned.

  • Grog


  • Hornswaggle

    the pirate way to bamboozle, trick, or swindle others.  Example:  That landlubber hornswaggled me grog and ended up in Davy Jone’s locker.

  • Landlubber

    Someone who lacks skill in the art of sailing and the seas

  • Me

    My – examples: listening to me radio.

  • Old Salt

    OG sailor

  • Plunder

    Stolen treasure (booty, loot)

  • Shiver me timbers

    I was surprised by those events.

  • Thar she blows

    I believe I see a whale in the distance.

  • Three sheets to the wind


  • Wench