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52. Yellow (Week 9)


In anticipation of our “Yellow” theme, I took a picture of the Minion t-shirts that I was sending off to my grandsons for “Talk Like a Pirate” day.  A minion is a follower of a powerful person.  In the Minion movies, they seek to serve the most supreme villain that they can find, but over the centuries, their masters always seem to fail.   It’s no surprise that the character has been suited up in pirate attire. Pirates are not harmless – but talking like one is.  The point of Talk Like A Pirate Day is silliness.


You may ask, how did International Talk Like A Pirate Day come to be?  Actually two friends, John Baur and Mark Sommers,  in Oregon were playing a lively game of racquetball when one of them got hurt and yelled out  “Arrr.”  They began trading insults and encouragements with “pirate lingo.”  One thing led to another and they settled on September 19 as their official Talk Like A Pirate Day.  They picked one of their ex’s birthdate so that they would remember the date.  It was an inside joke for about 7 years until they shared it with syndicated humor writer David Barry.  Barry promoted the idea in his column and growing media attention after that ensured that the holiday has now gone viral and is celebrated internationally.


Get into the spirit of International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th and try to slip into conversation some of these typical pirate phrases.  Add a growl and lots of gestures.

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! – exhortation of discontent or disgust

Ahoy! – Hello!

Ahoy, Matey – Hello, my friend!

Ahoy, me Hearties! – the same as saying “Hello, my friends!”

All hand hoay! – comparable to all hands on deck

Avast ye – stop and check this out or pay attention

Aye – yes

Batten down the hatches – put everything away on the ship and tie everything down because a storm is brewing

Beauty – a lovely lady

Blimey! – exhortation of surprise

Blow me down! – expression of shock of disbelief akin to “Holy Crap!”

Blow the man down – command to kill someone

Booty – treasure

Buccaneer or Bucko – a pirate

Cat O’Nine Tails – a whip with nine strands

Cleave him to the brisket – to cut across the chest, from one shoulder to the lower abdomen

Corsair – pirates in the Mediterranean Sea

Crow’s nest – small platform atop the mast where the lookout stands

Cutlass – short heavy curved bladed sword used by pirates

Davy Jones’ Locker – fabled, mythical place at the bottom of the ocean where the evil spirit of Davy Jones brings sailor and pirates to die

Dead men tell no tales – leave no witnesses

Doubloons – other coins or found in pirate hoards and stashes

Feed the fish – will soon die

Grog – Booze (usually Rum)

Head – the pirate ship’s toilet

Heave Ho – give it some muscle and put some effort into it

Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings

Jacob’s Ladder – the rope ladder one uses to climb aboard a sloop

Jolly Roger – pirate’s flag including white skull and crossbones over a black field

Lad, lass, lassie – a younger person

Landlubber – big, slow clumsy person who doesn’t know how to sail

Man-O-War – pirate’s ship outfitted for battle

Me – my

Old Salt – a long-time sailor

Pieces of eight – coins or found in pirate stashes

Pillage – to plunder

Poop deck – the part of the ship farthest to the back, which is usually above the captain’s quarters. This is not the bathroom.

Privateer – government-sponsored pirates

Rum – pirate’s traditional alcoholic beverage

Run a shot across the bow – warning shot to another vessel’s captain

Savvy? – do you catch my drift?

Scallywag – mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue

Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult

Scuttle – to sink a ship

Seadog – old pirate or sailor

Shark bait – will soon join Davy Jones’ Locker

Shipshape – cleaned up and under control

Shiver me timbers! – comparable to “Holy Crap!”

Son of a Biscuit Eater – insult directed towards someone you don’t like

Thar she blows! – Whale sighting

Three sheets to the wind – someone who is very drunk. One sheet is mildly drunk and four sheets is passed out.

Walk the plank – punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones’ Locker.

Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! – pull up the anchor and the sail and let’s get going

Ye – you

Yo Ho Ho – cheerful exhortation to demand attention

16 thoughts on “52. Yellow (Week 9)

  1. Shiver me timbers lassie, great work!

  2. Ahoy Matey, Love this Booty !!! (:

  3. Shiver me timbers, I’ll be watchful for for scalliwags looking to hronswaggle me out of my grog today.

  4. Your grandsons are going to be so excited when the mail man arrives. Blimey!

  5. Blimey! I didn’t know there was a National Pirate Day, my birthday is today too! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Rum !

  6. Interesting!! I will send this to my granddaughter who is at Braden River High and they are Pirates.
    Yo Ho Ho!

  7. I love this post, Marie! Thanks for the fun. 🙂

  8. Thanks to you, I think I’m ready for the next “Talk Like A Pirate Day” — Cute post!

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