Talk Like a Pirate Day 2018: Jokes and phrases to shiver ye timbers

Tom Herbert

It's the day you never knew existed but international Talk Like a Pirate Day has arrived.Yep, an entire day has been set aside for people to chat in pirate lingo and shiver me timbers it's catching ...

Wednesday September 19 has been proclaimed International Talk Like a Pirate Day, reportedly based on a romanticised view of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Despite what you may have read or seen on TV (we're looking at you, messrs Jack Sparrow et al), being a pirate probably wasn't much fun and would usually end in early death from war, disease or scurvy.

But hey, don't let a little bit of historical revisionism deter you from speaking like an old, salty sea dog - savvy?

The Hoff as a pirate (EPA)

Talk Like A Pirate Day was first started as a bit of a joke in 1995 by two friends, it soon picked up traction after coming to the attention of American humour columnist Dave Barry in 2002, and has now become tradition for many.

And why September 19? Well, it was the birthday of one of the founder's ex-wives.

So how do you talk like a pirate? Well, read our list below to include some piratey joy into your life.

How to talk like a pirate

Ahoy, matey - Hi, friend!

Avast! - Stop the ship!

Blow the man down - To kill someone

Davy Jones' Locker - Dying at sea

Dead men tell no tales - Leave no survivors

Landlubber - Someone who is not very skilled on the high seas.

The most famous pirate of them all? (UNIT)

Batten down the hatches! - Shut all doors and windows and prepare the ship for an incoming storm!

Savvy - Do you understand?

Scuttle - To sink a ship.

Shiver me timbers - Oh my god! (Usually an expression of surprise or shock).

Sea dog - An old or experienced sailor.

The best pirate jokes

Why are pirates called pirates? Because they AAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

How did the pirate buy his ship so cheaply? Because he got it on sail.

Why did the pirate buy an eye patch? Because he couldn't afford an iPad.

What has eight legs, eight arms and eight eyes? Eight pirates.

Why couldn't the pirates play cards? Because the captain was standing on the deck.