September 19, 2005


Great Scot

I have learned that today (September 19) is the official "Talk Like a Pirate Day." In an effort to be of assistance to those who frequent The Beehive, I offer the following useful phrases and their definitions:

"Thar she blows!" - The pirate equivalent of "Whoop, there it is!"

"ARRRGHHHH" - This phrase shows general discontent. Or it can also mean that someone is about to get wild- a.k.a. a battle cry.

"Wake me at the zenith of the moon" - Only full blown pirates know this phrase. An educated pirate is rare but also the most deadly kind. They are smarter than you and crazier.

"Ahoy, me hearties!" - Equivalent of "Hello, my friends!"

"Avast ye scum ridden weevil shaggers. Captain Black Beard is gonna keel haul you and grow barnacles on ye starboard knacker." - The Captain isn't happy...

"I'm gonna make a kill" - This pirate is going to kill something... and he is serious about it.

"Dogs ahoy!" - Equivalent of "Things to kill, straight ahead."

"Shiver me timbers!" - Like saying "Oh, my!" like "my legs are shaking."

"Skuttle me Skippers" - Making a mistake and being judged for/by it.

"Avast ye varmint" - Stop right there young man because you're in big trouble.

"Weigh anchor!" - Let's go!

"Yarr." - I agree.

"Yarr!" - I see your point, and agree wholeheartedly.

"Yarr-ha-harr!" - You're right!

"Yarr?" - Excuse me, what did you say?

"Yarrgh" - I respectfully acknowledge that you are right and I am wrong.

"Blow me down!" - You don't say? How surprising.

"Ye Scalawag!" - You dirty dog!

"Savvy?" - Is that okay with you? Do you understand?

"Ahoy" - Call to attract attention, something akin to 'Hello, there!'

"Fo'c's'le" - Slang for Forecastle. Small candlelit room where a pirate used the sopping bucket. (Bathroom)

"Jack" - A flag or a sailor; showing how sailors would refer to their ship's colors as one of the crew. Hence Jack Tar for sailor and the Union Jack flag.

"Messdeck lawyer" - A know-it-all.

"Landlubber" - A "Non-pirate" or a curse for someone who is a coward.

"Weigh anchor! Hoist the mizzen!!!" - Basically adds on to 'Let's go!'

"Davey Jones' Locker" - death after walking the plank. Your coffin in the sea.

"A merry yarn" - A good story.

ARRGHHH! Avast ye Landlubbers. Now ye know how to talk. Savvy? Weigh anchor, and watch Muppet's Treasure Island if ye need more.


Androphenese said...

that is good stuff, Great Scot!

Tim said...

Yarr, thank'e kindly, I'm sure. "When my process of extermination begins, I shall let your de@ths be as swift and painless as I can conveniently make them." Pr'aps ye should know, too, I linked to yer post.

Just Here For Now said...

Yarr! Yarr! Yarr? Mad Tom Cash did link, he lied to ye not. We followed him here and stole the link from him!

Red Mary Flint and
Dread Pirate Rackham

Laura Kathryn said...

I don't know "Tim", but I am so happy to find another who knows The Pirates of Penzance! It is one of my favorite, and I personally feel, one of the funniest ever, musical plays.
"I don't think much of our profession, but, contrasted with respectability, it is comparatively honest...I shall live and die a Pirate King!"
Well, it is the top of the tide, and I must be off!

fa-so-la-la said...

Guess what our history lecture today was about?

Piracy, of all things!

"Now take Sir Francis Drake--
The Spanish all despise him!
But to the British, he's a hero
And they idolise him!"