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Celebrate Speak Like a Pirate Day in Baltimore this Month

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Wednesday, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD), and The 501 Blog has some tips to help you sound like a pro in no time (well, you’ve got two days to get it down, but we have faith in members of our apartment community here in Baltimore, MD).

Talking Like a Pirate takes a certain air of swaggering bravado, which can be acquired through practice and by having the correct vocabulary. Knowing the correct words and phrases to throw into your conversation makes all the difference. Using Ahoy instead of Hey You There, Blimey! instead of Whoa!, and parley instead of negotiation will have you speaking like a pirate in no time.

Half the battle is knowing how to greet someone, inquire about their day, or say good-bye in pirate speak. We’ve got that covered for you right here with a few phrases summarized from  

The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers & Rogues:

All my duty to you.

I give you my respects/my best

By your leave.

Excuse me/Beg your pardon/good-bye

Fair winds and following seas.

A parting to wish another well

Fortune with you and yours

A parting - may fortune be your companion

Ho there.

Hello there

How fares your day?

How is your day going?

It’s a very good day/night I be wishing you



Speak me of yourself

Tell me about yourself


Speak me your tidings

Tell me how you are doing


You come in a fair breeze.

You came at a good time.

Get ready for the 19th even better by checking out this handy pirate glossary. It has sections for every pirate related topic including flags, name calling, weaponry, famous pirates, and more. Have fun perusing its pages. For more examples, we like this list from The Vintage News of 25 of the Best Pirate Words We Should All Be Using.

We hope you have a great time speaking like a pirate when you’re out and about in Baltimore on the 19th. Share your favorite pirate terminology in the comments! Thanks for taking time to read our post today. Here’s luck and a fair wind to you!