SHIVER ME TIMBERS!
Thursday 19th September is International Speak Like A Pirate Day, and we aarrrr all for it at The Working Boat pub. Landlubbers listen up, as we’re giving you the need-to-know lingo and top tips to sail through the day.
LEARN THE LINGO
To become a certified seadog, you’ve got to know your terminology. On International Speak Like A Pirate Day, try out some of these famous phrases.
- Walk the plank – an old pirate punishment, where the unlucky sailor would have his hands tied behind his back and fed to the sharks. Brutal!
- Ahoy! – the way to greet a fellow pirate.
- Run a rig – to run a rig meant to play a trick or prank.
- Son of a biscuit eater – try out this bonkers pirate phrase, which seadogs apparently used to insult each other.
- Scuttle – to sink a ship.
- Three sheets to the wind – the perfect way to describe your friends after a few too many pints.
- Head – we’d have never guessed this one. The head was the name for the toilet on board the ship.
- Avast ye! – when you need to address someone urgently, use this phrase which translates to ‘stop you, and pay attention!’
- Batten down the hatches – a popular phrase used to prepare the ship for an upcoming storm.
- Hornswaggle – to cheat or swindle another pirate.
HIT THE DECK
Once you’ve got your vocabulary in order, head down to The Working Boat pub, grab a pint and test them out on our crew. Est. in 1876 and rebuilt in 2015, a harbour view pub has been on our site for over 300 years, placing us at the heart of Cornish culture and history. Salute the pirates and sailors of time gone by with a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Embrace the full pirate theme and accessorise with an eye patch, bandana, a pirate’s hat and a duffle (a pirate’s bag). Finish the look off with a stuffed parrot for the perfect pirate ensemble.
THE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL SPEAK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
A pretty obscure day in the calendar, how did it all begin? The celebratory day was born in 1995, created by John Baur and Mark Summers who were big fans of the old salts of the sea.