International Talk Like A Pirate Day: 5 fresh phrases that go far beyond ahoy - USA TODAY


Ilana Keller Asbury Park Press

Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 19, 2019

Dead men tell no tales.

But live folks certainly do, and many of them will be "avast" and "ahoy"-ing the day away today, using the same tired lingo they did in third grade.

Let's dig deeper.

It's Sept. 19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and we have your guide to five phrases we think should make their way back into the everyday lexicon.

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Try them around the office today and let us know how it goes!

HORNSWAGGLE — To trick, deceive, scam.

"I'm tired of Pam always hornswaggling everyone out of the last donut!"

CACKLE FRUIT — Chicken eggs, a rare treat for pirates at sea.

"Hi, I'd like a sausage, pepper and cackle fruit sub for delivery, please."

LICK-SPITTLER — A kiss-up, self-promoter

"Jack picked up the boss' dry cleaning AGAIN, that lick-spittler!"

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CAPE HORN FEVER — An imaginary disease used to get out of responsibilities.

"It's awfully coincidental Jane is sick the same time that big report is due. Must be Cape Horn Fever."

BILGE RAT — A rodent living in the darkest, dankest part of a ship; an insult

"Ugggh. Howard cooked his fish in the microwave, that bilge rat!"

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Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, "Sightlines." Her "about me" fact during icebreakers will always be that she rode a roller coaster with the original cast of "Hamilton." Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; 732-643-4260; [email protected]

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