Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th

Jolly Roger

Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let’s have some fun with some stories of the sea, fun new words to use and a fun buccaneer science activity. We will batten down the hatches and try to build a sailing vessel and keep it from Davey Jones’ locker while filling it with booty and doubloons! Another great way to keep the pirate fun going is to make a treasure map and have a scavenger hunt!


Watch the video where Children’s Librarian Jessie shows you about testing the buoyancy of our pirate ships:

STEAM Challenge #17: Talk Like a Pirate

Join us for a fun STEAM Saturday where we learn to talk like pirates and build a pirate ship that an hold all our treasures! Also check out a blog post with many other fun pirate ideas for the whole family at

Posted by Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library on Saturday, September 19, 2020


Now you need your Pirate Name
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Pirate lingo is very important. It is TALK like a Pirate Day after all. Here are some important words and phrases to know:

Ahoy matey – Hello my friend

Ahoy, Me hearties – Hello to a group

Avast Ye – Stop and look

Aye – Yes

Aye, Aye – Yes but right away

Batten down the hatches – Prepare for a storm

Blow me down – I’m shocked. An expression of disbelief

Booty – Treasure, like gold or jewels

Cutlass – A curved sword

Davey Jones’ locker – The bottom of the ocean

Dead Men Tell No Tales – Dead pirates cannot tell secrets

Doubloons – Spanish gold coins

Fathom – A term of measurement equaling about 6 feet

Grub - Food

Head – The ship’s toilet

Hornswaggle – To cheat

Pieces of Eight – Gold coins

Shiver me Timbers – An expression like Oh Wow

Thar she blows – A whale was spotted

Plunder – To steal

Want some more pirate fun? Here are some stories available through the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library!

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
how i became a pirate

Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently

Captain Jack and the Pirates

Pirate’s Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry
Pirate's perfect pet

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou By Rhonda Growler Greeneno pirates allowed

The Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague
Pirate jamboree

Pirate by Richard Platt
Pirate DK

Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
Pirate Pete

Join Children’s Librarian Erin as she reads Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

More pirate fun can be found at: