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Get into the spirit of things with these great phrases and costume ideas for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
On September 19th people around the world will be celebrating all things pirate-y for this annual event which started back in 2002.
This year, we’re helping you out with easy pirate costume ideas for kids and top pirate phrases.
So, show a leg and avaste ye!
First of all here’s a handy list of pirate words
Blow me down / Shivver me timbers – Oh my goodness
Scupper that! - No way/Forget that!
Smartly - Quickly!
Take a caulk - Have a nap
Show a leg - Wake up
Avast ye – Look at this
Heave Ho – Put your back into to it
Pillage – Rob or plunder
Savvy? – Do you understand or do you agree?
Scallywag – Cheeky monkey
Hornswaggle – To cheat
Landlubber – Clumsy person who can't sail
Scuttle – To sink a ship
Seadog – Old pirate or sailor
Old Salt – An experienced sailor
Three sheets to the wind – Someone who is very drunk.
Batten down the hatches – Clear and tidy up before a storm comes
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! – Exclamation of discontent or disgust
Ahoy, Matey – Hello, my friend!
The Black Spot – Death threat
These handy pirate phrases could be useful!
Hurry up and put your shoes on now: “Heave-ho, put yer shoes on smartly!”
I don’t have time for this: “I dasn't be havin' time fer this!”
Today, not tommorrow: “Shivver me timbers! Today, nay next high tide!”
Tidy your desks - the boss is coming: “Batten down the hatches, the Seadog’s on thar way!”
I enjoyed the work social last night: “Blow me down, that was a good night! Glad I left afor I was three sheets to the wind!”
I’m off, see you tomorrow: “I’ve cleared the decks and I be arf. Sees yar in the next tide.”
How was your day? “Ahoy! How be yer tide?”
What did you have for lunch?: “Yo-ho-ho! what ye eat?”
Oh no, you’re homework’s due tomorrow! “Avaste ye, yar need to do yar homework this tide!”
I should go to the gym tonight, but I’m a bit tired!: “Blow me down, that war a tide! Be meanin to go to thar gym, but scupper that! I’ll be takin’ a caulk!”
Want more pirate phrases? Take a look at this fun translator.
So now you’ve got the authentic language, here are some shipshape pirate costume ideas for kids:
Easy peasy pirate hat
This one is simplicity personified!
● Hole punch
● Thin elastic
1. Print the hat template either coloured in or print white (if you’re using white paper, your child needs to colour this in)
2. Cut out the template
3. Punch holes where marked on the template
4. Tie or tape thin elastic onto the hat as the head strap, adjusting the size as needed
You can download the template with instructions here.
Quick DIY pirate top for kids
What a great way to use up old clothes!
● Plain old tshirt
● Fabric pens
● Old tea bag (may not be needed) for staining
1. Take an old, plain white(ish) T-Shirt (great way to use up an old top that’s too small)
2. Draw out stripe marks over the T-Shirt including sleeves
3. Colour stripes in
4. Cut away at the sleeves, collar and bottom of the T-Shirt
5. Rub an old teabag or splash cold tea over the T-Shirt, for an authentic ‘worn on the ship for 10 months solid’ look (This may not be necessary, depending on the state of the T-Shirt in the first place).
Here’s a great link to this and other easy homemade pirate costume ideas.
Last minute homemade pirate sword
No self-respecting swashbucker would be without their weapon on choice! Here’s how to make this simple cardboard sword with belt:
● Felt tip pens / paint / Duct Tape
● Heavy duty foil
● Glue (optional)
● Velcro (optional)
1. Draw your sword template on the cardboard (with enough space for your child’s hand to fit in the handle)
2. Cut out the template
3. Lay the cardboard sword on another piece of cardboard and trace round.
4. Cut the second shape out
5. Stick the two pieces together for extra strength (steps 3-5 are optional)
6. Colour in the handle section with felt tips pens/paint or cover with Duct Tape
7. Carefully wrap the foil around the blade section and smooth out to it looks like silver
8. For the belt: Cut a strip of card and measure to the size of your child’s waist. Glue Velcro on each end to secure
9. Glue a strip of Velcro to the ‘belt’ and the other piece to the sword for a handy sword belt (steps 8-9 are optional)
If this has whet your whistle, take a look at this great guide to homemade pirate costumes for more inspiration.
Good luck, landlubbers!