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3 Pirate Dictionaries You Must Visit


While writing dialogue for The Pirate’s Treasure, I searched high and low for the right words and phrases to come spouting out of my bumbling pirate Doyle “Three Swabs” Reed.

What I found is not all pirate dictionaries are equal. So, in order to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate day in pirate-y fashion, here are the three dictionaries I found most useful during my research.

1. The Pirate Glossary 

Curated by Careena the Sea Wench, the Pirate Glossary is a collection of phrases, places, famous pirates, ship terms, weaponry, and more.

My favorite is the Namecalling collection because it’s always helpful knowing when a character can call out, “Ye bilge rat!”

2. It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day 

Pirate language is demonstrated in this helpful Talk Like a Pirate/What You Ought To Know video by The Brothers Winn.

Brother Winn gives quick suggestions for word replacements, gravely voices, and squinting.

My favorite advice: Get your pirate face right!



3. Pirate Insults

Okay, so this one is technically not a dictionary but a collection of insults you can mix ‘n match to form your own special lingo.

Once I read “Swim with the fishes ye lice infested harbor hog!” I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to have a character use it.

Bonus: The Pirate Primer


Entries like:

blast your eyes [blarrst/blass ya/yarr/ye/yer/yere/yore eye’ ees]

take Talk Like A Pirate Day to an entirely new level.

I don’t actually own a copy of The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas (yet) which is why I can’t completely recommend it.

But I did find the introduction on Amazon helpful and plan to buy the book when I discover more stories for the characters of The Pirate’s Treasure.


So this year, enjoy September 19 the International Talk Like a Pirate day by throwing out your favorite pirate phrase or insult and make sure you practice your pirate face!

Middle-Grade Contest Finalist!

Hooray! Laurel Leblanc Named as Finalist in 2016 Writer’s League of Texas contest!

Recognition is always nice, and especially when the manuscript you’ve worked on has gone through so many revisions and changes. Laurel Leblanc, Future Gazillionaire is the first book in my middle-grade series about a girl who is always one invention away from striking it rich. Unfortunately, her friends and family have to suffer through each near-misses and outright catastrophes. I’m delighted Laurel is finally getting some kudos!

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