Talk Like a Pirate Day Promotes Reading
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Ahoy, matey! Shiver me timbers, September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Check out some of our great pirate books. Download and print out Pirate Activity Sheets. Scroll down to listen to the Story Pirates Podcast. MyON has 33 pirates books including Gross Facts about Pirates and Crack the Pirate Code (access myON through your Launchpad).
How to Talk Like a Pirate
Avast: stop, or sometime used as an exclamation like "Hey!"
Me: my (as in "I just ate me lunch."
Batten down the hatches: prepare the ship for a storm
Black spot: death threat
Booty: stolen pirate treasure
The briny deep: the ocean
bunghole: the opening in a cask of rum or beer that is stopped with a cork
Davy Jone's locker: the grave at the bottom of the ocean
Dubloon: Spanish gold
Give no quarter: show no mercy
Pieces of Eight: also Spanish gold
Landlubber: someone who never gets on a boat. Landlubbers are generally seen as cowards.
Jolly Roger: the pirate flag with the skull and crossbones.
Matey: a good friend
Poop deck: the top deck of the ship
Old Salt: an experienced sailor
Scurvy: an insult meaning low or disgusting
Shiver me timbers: an expression of surprise or amazement
Swab the deck: mop or clean the deck
Walk the plank: forcing someone to walk off a long board set over the side of the ship. That person will fall into the briny deep and will end up in Davy JOnes' locker.
Yo ho ho: what pirates say when they are happy.