I be wishin' all me fellow bloggers a happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day, arrrr! Tis me wish that ye all ha'e fun bein' swashbucklers dis day!
Here be some fun ways to be soundin' as pirates dis day:
Greetings n' Partings:
- ahoy as in Ahoy, me maties!
- By your leave as in By your leave, sweet lady!
- Fair dreams atten' ye!
- Good luck t'ye n' a fair wind- a parting used to wish another well.
- bring to stop or halt "Bring to! Bring to for a queen's officer, or you shall all hang!"
- Clap a stopper on yer eyes! Stop crying. "So clap a stopper on your eyes, or I'll give you something to cry for!"
- Death n' damnation shall be yers!
- I a'e a pistol n' a brace o' balls ready fer ye!
- I'll come aboard o' ye n' gut ye upon yer own poop!
- Blimey- a sound alike for blind me.
- Blow me scuttle-butt! (scuttle-butt is a cask aboard a vessel used to store the day's supply of drinking water).
- Gut me for a preacher- An oath that sets out both a gruesome fate (implying that the speaker is willing to be disemboweled if his statement proves false) and an absurd proposition (implying that the notion that the speaker might be a preacher is as absurd or shocking or noteworthy as the subject of his current comment).
- The blood in yer veins be skim milk!
- I leave it t'fancy where yer mothers was that let ye come t'sea! An insult that indicts both the addressee's competence as a seaman and his mother's virtue (by suggestion that she may have been where she wasn't supposed to be).
- Replace the first-person verb with third person- know to knows
- Replace the past tense verb with present either singular or plural.
- Replace an adverb with an adjective.
- Use lots of double negatives!
- Use malapropisms for comic effect! (One thing ol' Blackbeard don't take kindly to it's them sort of insinuendos.)
All sources are from The Pirate Primer by George Choundas