Happy International ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ Day

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Avast, me hearties!  Today be ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day‘ and Contiki be here to share with you how to get your pirate swagger on, compliments of the official Talk Like a Pirate day website. As Cap’n Jack Sparrow would say, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me!” Arrrrr!

The Basics of Pirate Lingo


Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”

Aye!“Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”

Aye aye!“I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”

Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

Our very own Contiki employees are channelin’ their inner Pirate… Savvy?


Speaking of pirates, any of you blubberin’ bilge rats watch the Primetime Emmys last night and catch Michael Bolton singing about and dressed as Jack Sparrow?  Priceless!  Here’s a version of his fun tribute video below:

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