Avast! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

They call it a “goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends”, but the concept was too good for John Baur and Mark Summers, two friends from Albany, Ore., to keep to themselves.

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and you are seriously missing out if you’ve just become aware.

It has been seven years since Baur and Summers reached out to syndicated columnist Dave Barry, who was enamored with the “revolutionary” concept and, while noting that ”those individuals should be on medication,” threw his full support behind the holiday.  (Read Barry’s column here).

The rest, as they say, is history. 


Today’s Telegraph features the day with a report that there are now more than 1,500 Talk Like A Pirate videos on YouTube and more than 10 million websites dedicated to the phenomenon.  Crazy, huh?  Shiver me timbers, you might say.

For a primer on how to make the most of this day, be sure to check out the “official British headquarters” of Talk Like A Pirate Day to learn how to be speakin’ pirate-like.

The startin’ rules look like this:

Double up on all your adjectives and you’ll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of “a big ship”, they call it a “great, grand ship!” They never say never, they say “No nay ne’er!”

Drop all your “g”‘s when you speak and you’ll get words like “rowin'”, “sailin'” and “fightin'”. Dropping all of your “v”‘s will get you words like “ne’er”, “e’er” and “o’er”.

Instead of saying “I am”, sailors say, “I be”. Instead of saying “You are”, sailors say, “You be”. Instead of saying, “They are”, sailors say, “They be”. Ne’er speak in anythin’ but the present tense!

So enjoy the day, even if you’re just an average landlubber.  Talk Like A Pirate Day may not be for the lily-livered, er, faint o’ heart, but if nothing else, it’s a great excuse to get loaded to the gunwales with your mateys.

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~ by acm213 on September 19, 2009.

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