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Get ready for a special day with no historical meaning, religious affiliation, or other significant value. Aye, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day, me matey.
For no reason whatsoever, two guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, in Albany, Oregon started talking like pirates as they played racquetball in 1995. They thought it was great fun, and planned on talking like pirates on one day each year. The selected day has no significance except it is Summers' ex-wife's birthday, Sept. 19.
Some years Baur and Summers ("Cap'n Slappy" and "Ol' Chumbucket") remembered this special day, some years they forgot; and Talk Like a Pirate (TLAP) day almost died. But, like a battle saving galley in the night, Dave Barry published an article promoting the day's elegance in 2002. Since then, the concept spread. TLAP is now celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide.
TLAP is not recognized yet as a government holiday with parades, days off, and ready-made vacation plans. However, the day has been officially recognized by the great sea-faring state of Michigan. Can Virginia be far behind, or for that matter, the entire Federal Government?
Begad! There be Jolly Rogers hangin' on all the yardarms one day, me thinks.
Since there be only 37 days 'fore Talk Like A Pirate day, ye may wanna grub-up on pirate words 'n phrases, or get an eyepatch, parrot and pegleg.
So, me beauties, here’s some basic pirate words so ye be ready:
arr - a great way to start off any sentence
aye - yes
aye aye - yes to the cap’n or yer boss
avast - look out, beware
ahoy - hello
arrrgh - surprise, anger
me - my
beauty - woman
bilge rat - a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship
grub - food
grog - alcoholic drink, not beer
lubber - a non-seafaring person, an insult
smartly - do quickly
blow me down - phrase to denote surprise
shiver me timbers - phrase to denote surprise
booty - treasure
chum - chum
Davey Jones Locker - bottom of the Sea
buccaneer - Fancy Pirate
doublloon - Spanish gold coin
Jolly Roger - Skull & Crossbones on a black flag
pieces o’eight - Silver coins worth less than doubloon
mate(y): buddy, friend.
belay – stop
walk the plank - punish
prepare to be boarded - get ready
wench - woman
thar - there
shark bait - shark bait
swashbuckler - pirate
batten down the hatches - save the ship
begad! -- By God!
yarr - excuse me
poppet - little kid
yardarm - part of a pirate ship
addled - insane, mad
har har - laugh
So, lift up a grog me mateys ‘n practice th’ words smartly or prepare to walk the plank on September 19!