Ahoy landlubbers! Tomorrow – September 19 – is TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! If you’ve never heard of such a thing, sit back and larn a thing or two about how to talk like a pirate. Author and pirate expert-in-training Beth Ferry is here to set you straight on pirate lingo. At the end, thar be donuts!
International Talk Like a Pirate Day happens every September 19th. Every single September 19th! That thar be the hornswagglin’ truth.
It is a day that is: a little odd, a lot of fun,
and a great time to talk about pirate books.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day was invented in 1995. Which means it is now 21. And can celebrate with a glass of rum punch.
It was founded by two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers of Oregon, known as The Pirate Guys. They were playing racquet ball with a cannon ball.
No, not really. (Although that would make for a better story) When one of them got hit with the regular old racquet ball, he yelled “Arrrr”, and this genius idea was born.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the perfect day to be talkin’ about Pirate’s Perfect Pet, which was published in August 2016 by Candlewick Press.
Thar be lots of fun pirate-speak in the book as Captain Crave sets off to find the perfect pet.
Which I bet you guessed from the title.
After reading it, ye’ll be dyin’ to talk like a pirate.
And get a pet.
And write a note to yer mum.
And learn about homophones.
And become a big fan of Matt Myers, because his art be absolutely’ amazin’.
When talking like a pirate, don’t be forgettin’ the 5 As. The Pirate Guys explain it beautifully here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cKCkbWDGwE
The 5 As are:
Ahoy – use to greet others, friend and foe alike.
Avast – use to called attention to something, like a whale or a sale on ice cream.
Arrrrr – use to express frustration, happiness, unhappiness, confusion, or basically anything ye be feelin’.
Aye – use instead of “yes” or when agreein’ to something.
Aye-Aye – use when meaning “yes, sir” or in response to a command, such as “Parrot, please nibble me ear.”
To summarize, a landlubber might say, “I want to read Pirate’s Perfect Pet”, but a pirate would say “I be needin’ to read this merry yarn about swashbucklers.”
For further fun, try this Pirate translator: http://postlikeapirate.com
There’s a great glossary of pirate terms in the back of Tom Lichtenheld’s Everything I Know About Pirates. It be a jolly fun book with lots of silly explanations about why pirates do what they do. And I’m a huge Tom Lichtenheld fan.
Another favorite pirate book of mine is How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long. It is such an awesome read aloud!
Don’t be forgettin’ to visit Krispy Kreme on September 19th. If you talk/dress like a pirate, they’ll be sure to give ye a free donut. (I told you there were free donuts!)
Google and Facebook both be havin’ “pirate” as a language choice, so go crazy.
I hope ye learned loads from this here blog. I hope ye had fun.
I hope ye be plannin’ to Talk Like a Pirate on September 19th!!
Beth Ferry is the author of Stick and Stone, a NYT bestseller. She is also the author of Land Shark, Pirate’s Perfect Pet and the upcoming A Small Blue Whale, swimming into print Fall 2017. She lives with her family by the beach in New Jersey.