Ahoy, mateys! Last week in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I posted a Talk Like a Pirate Trivia Quiz. So how did all you landlubbers fare translating the pirate phrases below? Check out the answers!
- Shiver me timbers!
ANSWER: Wow!/ Holy cow!/ OMG! An expression of shock or surprise.
- X marks the spot
ANSWER: refers to the exact location of something
- Ahoy, matey!
ANSWER: Hello, my friend.
- All hands on deck.
ANSWER: We need EVERYONE to help deal with an emergency. Now!
- Prepare to walk the plank.
ANSWER: You’ve done a very bad thing, so prepare for punishment and almost certain doom. (In olden pirate days, victims were forced to walk, often blindfolded, off a wooden plank and into the sea. Glad they don’t do this anymore!)
- Aye Aye!
ANSWER: Yes, yes! Usually a reply to an order from the captain.
- Yo, ho, blow the man down!
ANSWER: Usually a command to kill someone. Not something you want to hear on a pirate ship!
- Heave ho!
ANSWER: Give it some muscle, and push it!
- Where’s the poop deck?
ANSWER: No, it’s not "Where’s the bathroom?" Get your mind out of the gutter! The poop deck refers to the part of the ship farthest to the back, usually above the captain's quarters.
- Lily-livered landlubber!
ANSWER: It’s an insulting name given to non-seafaring people who can't handle the life of a pirate.
Didn’t get enough? Then I’ll leave you with a few pirate jokes:
Why don’t pirates make good life-guards? Because they don’t know C-P-ARRRRR!
And: What was the pirate movie rated? Rated Arrrrrr!
Oh boy. Hope all the pirate puns didn’t drive you overboard. (Sorry I couldn’t resist!)
Until next time!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer