Shiver Me Timbers!

Arr! ‘Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day!
So stow ye landlubber lingoย away
And set sail with me pirate crew
Who talk like all the pirates do.

Be that clear, Mister Pooch?

Don’t say “yes” and “no” today!
True sea dogs say “aye” and “nay.”
Don’t say “stop that,” say “belay”
It’s not “move over,” it’s “gangway!”

Aye-aye, Captain Kitty!

So give your speech that pirate flair
And fly your flag like ye just don’t care!
Today, yeย don’t talk by the book
Or ye’ll answer to ourย Captain Hook.

Photos, from top: via Petful, Be a pirate., by modernrockstar, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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69 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers!

  1. Ricky's Mom September 19, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Ahoy mateys! Here be Pirate Ricky the Dialect Dog, as scurvy a dog as ever ye will see!

    • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Eeeee (oops, er, I mean Arrrrrr) he’s as seaworthy a hound as I’ve ever laid me eye on!

      • Ricky's Mom September 19, 2016 / 10:55 am

        Thank ye kindly!

  2. Ricky's Mom September 19, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Prepare to be boarded!

  3. allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, ye scallyWAGs!

    It is pouring here; a ship might have been handy getting to work (which, even factoring in Starbucks and stopping for gas*, took me twice as long as normal).

    *I was planning to get gas on my way home tonight; I only stopped this morning because the rain got worse as I approached Wawa so I decided to stop in hopes it would lighten up a bit while I was there.

    • Juno September 19, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      WAWA! Allein, you lucky dog, I didn’t know you lived in Wawa country! God, how I miss them.

      • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 2:29 pm

        lol…most people go, “what’s Wawa?”

        • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 3:46 pm

          The place so nice they named it twice. I live not far from the actual town.

          • Juno September 19, 2016 / 4:53 pm

            I had to look at a map. I didn’t realize Wawa was so close to Philly–where you’re never more than a few blocks from the nearest Wawa. What I wouldn’t give to have even ONE in Kalamazoo . . . .

            • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 4:57 pm

              When I worked in Philly we went to Wawa for lunch at least a couple times a week, usually. Now I have two just on the stretch of highway between me and where I turn off for work (when I go that way, which I usually don’t unless I need to get gas or the weather is bad), plus one less than two miles from my house the other way.

              • Juno September 20, 2016 / 2:06 pm

                I lived in University City and Queen’s Village and worked in Center City (and elsewhere), so, yeah, lots of Wawas. For a few years I walked to and from work (6th & Fitzwater to Broad & Vine). I used to half-jokingly say that I was going to figure out the route that took me past the most historical markers. Only now does it occur to me that I also could have figured out a route that took me past the most Wawas.

                • allein ๐Ÿพ September 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm

                  I worked in University City Science Center (36th and Market). Went to the Wawa a couple blocks down 36th. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Julie September 19, 2016 / 9:45 am

    I don’t know how a day gets designated as a “National” day, whether it’s for pirate style discourse, cheeseburgers, or admin assistants, but I think a page a day calendar that tells me what I should be celebrating everyday would be kind of fun.

    • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 9:48 am

      You could check this site:

      Today is also National Butterscotch Pudding Day and National Woman Road Warrior Day.

      • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 10:38 am

        Oh, goody, I can’t wait ’til tomorrow – it’s National Gibberish Day. Every day for the last 15 mos. has been building up to it.

        • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 11:25 am

          Should probably move that one to Nov. 8.

    • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 10:34 am

      Great idea.

  5. Haha September 19, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Where be Birdcage?

    • Birdcage September 19, 2016 / 10:00 am

      I be here, ye poxed-faced, weevil-eatin’ privateers! Enuf with yer bilge! Pass the grog! When we’re through with our plunderin’, ye can be sure that me and me parrot will be speakin’ like pirates all day long, yarr!!!

      • Haha September 19, 2016 / 10:10 am

        Thanks for breaking me from character. I don’t believe pirates giggle.
        Now, pass that grog, it will go well with me rum!

  6. allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Today’s Mensa Puzzle Calendar page:


    ARRRe you ready for International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Each answer starts with AR and should be pronounced ARRR! Each clue begins: โ€œWhat is a pirate’s favorite . . .โ€

    1. . . . mythical sailing crew, with โ€œTheโ€?

    2. . . . South American country?

    3. . . . salad vegetable?

    4. . . . leathery plate-covered mammal?

    5. . . . criminal who enjoys match play?

    6. . . . time of the year to celebrate trees?

    7. . . . adjective that means โ€œtough to accomplishโ€?

    8. . . . sound made by a dog?

    I’ll post the answers later. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • debg September 19, 2016 / 10:07 am

      I got them all!

      Kitty in pirate costume is hilarious. I may not be able to settle down to work.

      • Haha September 19, 2016 / 10:12 am

        Arr-righty me too!

    • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 10:09 am

      BTW, one of them has two possible answers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Juno September 19, 2016 / 2:22 pm


    • Gigi the cat lady September 19, 2016 / 10:18 am

      Arrr missed one grrrr

    • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 10:39 am

      An addition – a pirates favorite socks?

      • Ricky's Mom September 19, 2016 / 10:56 am

        Arrrrgyle! (Or perhaps Arrrrguile!)

    • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Here are the answers:

      1. Arrr-gonauts

      2. Arrr-gentina

      3. Arrr-tichoke or Arrr-ugula

      4. Arrr-madillo

      5. Arrr-sonist

      6. Arrr-bor Day

      7. Arrr-duous

      8. Arrr-f

      • 6rabbits September 19, 2016 / 2:39 pm

        Dang. Missed number 7. Arr-gravating!

    • Clairdelune September 20, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Allein, if we got them all on the first try, does that make us members of Mensa automatically??

      • allein ๐ŸŒผ September 20, 2016 / 6:44 am

        Sure, why not?

        • Haha September 20, 2016 / 6:46 am


          • allein ๐ŸŒผ September 20, 2016 / 7:12 am


  7. Margaret September 19, 2016 / 10:16 am

    How much does a pirate charge for piercings

    A buccaneer!

    • Flowerfanatic September 19, 2016 / 10:40 am

      That one’s worthy of a mighty GROAN!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • fkaWaldenPond September 19, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thank ye Margaret, as I just texted ye joke to a bucko in devil’s henchman ‘o today.

      • Murray C. September 20, 2016 / 4:43 pm

        Does anyone remember the joke that’s something about the pirate with the ship’s wheel in his breeches ?The punch line is, “It’s drivin’ me nuts!” Can’t remember the set-up to save my life.

        • Faye September 20, 2016 / 5:01 pm

          That alone is funny.

        • allein ๐Ÿพ September 20, 2016 / 5:10 pm

          So โ€‹a pirate walks into a bar, okay, and swaggers up to the barkeep and demands a glass of rum. I believe his exact words were “Your rum or your life, dog, what’ll it be?”.

          And so the bartender, being a reasonable fellow, makes no complaint but simply grabs a large glass, a bottle of fine dark rum, and begins to pour. And while he’s waiting for the glass to fill (this being, as I said before, a large glass) he sizes up the pirate, having never seen a real honest-to-God pirate before.

          This pirate is in full pirate gear. Gold earrings, patch over the eye, a big filthy white blouse covering his swarthy chest, tattoos everywhere, all of it. But protruding from his pirate trousers is the unmistakable form of a steering wheel.

          Well, the bartender sees that the glass of rum is just about topped off, so he passes the glass across the bar to the pirate, who nods curtly and takes a huge swig of the rum. Slapping a dubloon on the bartop, he turns to walk away, when our bartender’s curiousity gets the best of him.

          “Wait, one second. What’s up with the steering wheel?”

          And the pirate turns back and fixes him with a beady glare from his lone eye. “Arrr, I don’t know, but it’s drivin’ me nuts!”

          • Murray C. September 20, 2016 / 5:57 pm

            Well told. I think I heard it differently, but that version certainly fills the bill. Or swills the krill. Or drills the keel. Oh, whatever.

            • allein ๐Ÿพ September 20, 2016 / 6:41 pm

              I also saw this one:

              A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel on his pants, a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder. The bartender says, “Hey, you’ve got a steering wheel on your pants.” The pirate says, “Arrrr, I know. It’s driving me nuts.”

              • fkaWaldenPond September 20, 2016 / 7:13 pm

                Ladies! gunna be usin’ a version ‘o ’tis joke fer me bucko to’morrow. In th’ meantime, I shared th’ New Yorker, Long Johny-boy Silver to me set the sails matey this day!

                Ps: Pirate translator is right up there with the back-scratcher, Gutenberg press and wheel.
                PPs: We need a Pepe le Pew translator to make my world complete.

  8. Gigi the cat lady September 19, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of catnip!

    • Clairdelune September 20, 2016 / 5:02 am

      So THAT is what’s wrong with my kitty today!!! Too much Yo Ho Ho. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. Doug September 19, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Anyone else notice we are @ CuteYARRRRPOlis today .. I wonder why ??

    Arrrrrrrr !!

  10. Not That Mike The Other Mike September 19, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Ahoy there! Sure, it be warmin’ to the heart to see such a fine crew assembled here on the best day o’ the year! I’ve charted us a course of pirate adventure to last the whole day, so weigh anchor and raise the topsails! Yarrrr!

    • Clairdelune September 20, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Mikw, I don’t know why, by I heard this in my head with a heavy Scottish brogue. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • Clairdelune September 20, 2016 / 3:48 pm

        Oops, a glitch! Was supposed to be:

        Mike, I donโ€™t know why, but I heard this in my head with a heavy Scottish brogue. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  11. Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 10:55 am

    With Mike as our figurehead and ‘im spoutin’ ‘is cheery rhymes, we’re as worthy a crew as ever sailed the cyber seas! Avast! Haul on the bowline! Heave ‘er up and away we go!

  12. Patty September 19, 2016 / 11:13 am

    I’m terrible at pirate talk, but wanted to note, if you go to a Krispy Kreme donut shop and talk like a pirate, they will give you a free donut. Also, Long John Silvers will give you a free piece of fish for pirate speak. Unfortunately, there is no KK donut shop in my town, and I don’t much like fish.

    • debg September 19, 2016 / 11:28 am

      I always wanted to give an entire history lecture in pirate talk but never remembered in time to make it happen.

  13. N. Fritz September 19, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Arr… I celebrated with my students! We did a sing-a-long (What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?) and I made them spell their names and those who had Rs in them had to say ARRR. I also seriously damaged my vocal chords with “Aye ye scurvy dogs…. shiver me timbers itโ€™s Talk Like a Pirate Day. So avast ye mateys, weโ€™ve got to hoist the mainsail and knock back some English.”

    • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 11:48 am

      Drunken Sailor!!

      • N. Fritz September 19, 2016 / 12:31 pm

        A little more high school friendly:

        • allein ๐Ÿพ September 19, 2016 / 12:34 pm

          Full disclosure, the Blaggards’ bass player is my cousin. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 1:13 pm

            I remembered that! They are certainly energetic!

    • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 11:54 am

      I’d like to have heard that with German accents!๐Ÿ˜„

      • N. Fritz September 19, 2016 / 12:37 pm

        I’m going to teach them the Major-General’s Song from Pirates of Penzance next. THAT is going to be a pronunciation challenge “I em de wary moh-DELL of a moh-DERN mah-YOUR (hard G) GEN-ner-ahl”

        • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 1:04 pm

          I LOVE IT!!!!!!

        • Gigi the cat lady September 19, 2016 / 5:33 pm

          I absolutely adore the film version with Kevin Kline!

    • Patty September 19, 2016 / 1:12 pm

      My vocal cords have apparently been damaged by germs. I have no voice today, Arrr! is about all I can manage. Grandkids, I loves ’em, but they are germy.

    • Jeannine September 20, 2016 / 10:07 am

      Awesome! You must be a fantastic and engaging teacharrr! Youarrr! students aarrr lucky!

  14. D B September 19, 2016 / 11:55 am

    For years, I’ve had the same New Yorker cartoon posted in my office window at work: Pirate sitting at a desk in a classroom, teacher-type standing there saying something like “To get the circumference of a circle is pi-what squared? Long John, you should be able to get this one….”

    • Murray C. September 19, 2016 / 11:56 am

      HAHAHAHAHA! Spectacular.

    • Doug September 19, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      ARRRR ?? oh wait .. That’s not right ..

      * Digs out his “The Little Book of Mathematical Principles” *

      (Nice little book btw for you math nuts)

    • Doug September 19, 2016 / 1:12 pm

      * Snickers at D B *

  15. Ilonka September 19, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    My 2 favourite pirate quotes, from Pirates of the Carribean:

    “I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request…it means ‘no’!”

    “Why’s the rum always gone?”

    I have found both very useful sayings in daily life ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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