Ahoy there! It’s ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ so we thought we’d give the OJO crew a little language lesson. After all, every day’s a school day! 

Do you want to impress your friends? Or try to fit in on the off chance you find yourself on a pirate ship? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – we’d hate to see you have to walk the plank. 

To celebrate this prestigious day, we’ve put together a list of phrases (and their definitions) that will have you speaking like a pirate in no time.

How to talk like a pirate

Ahoy: Hello 

Arrrr: A general exclamation or a response meaning ‘yes’ 

Avast Ye: Listen up 

Batten Down the Hatches: A storm is on its way so tie everything down 

Booty: Anything that’s been stolen from somebody else 

Bounty: The reward for capturing a vigilante 

Briny Deep: The ocean 

Davy Jones’ Locker: A graveyard at the bottom of the ocean 

Dead Men Tell No Tales: A threat to kill somebody 

Fire in the Hole: A cannon is going to be fired 

Landlubber: Someone that can’t sail 

Loot: Stolen goods 

Matey: A good friend 

Me Hearties: My friends 

Plunder: Steal 

Scallywag: An inexperienced pirate 

Scurvy: A disease or a derogatory term 

Seadog: A veteran sailor 

Shanty: A song 

Siver Me Timbers: An expression of surprise or disbelief 

Thar She Blows: Said when a whale has been spotted 

Three Sheets to the Wind: Somebody that is very drunk 

Walk the Plank: When someone is forced to walk into the sea to drown 

Yo Ho Ho: A cheerful expression

Why not take a spin on Pirates Run? 

You must be fluent in speaking like a pirate by now! So, why not put your new skills to the test and hop aboard the Pirates Run ship? This exclusive pirate-themed game hasn’t been out too long but it’s already making a splash on the high seas. 

Don your best pirate hat and set sail on this 5-reel slot, with 5 paylines and a maximum win of £250,000. There’s no scurvy here, with all the classic fruit symbols, as well as a bottle of rum, an anchor, a wooden barrel and a treasure chest. 

Keep an eye out for the pirate wild, which substitutes for other symbols on a payline. If she’s involved in a win, she’ll expand to cover the entire reels. Plus, if you fill the entire reel with the same type of fruit, you’ll bag a multiplier up to x5. 

So, if that sounds like your kind of thing, join us for a pirate adventure! Or try one of our other pirate-themed slots, like Treasure Island, Pirates Plenty or Rage of the Seas. Have fun!


Harry is a copywriter at PlayOJO, specialising in bingo and with more than six years’ experience in the sports and gaming industries. When he’s not crafting catchy copy he can be found watching football, fussing over his cat or being way too competitive in a pub quiz.