Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day, Ye Scurvy Lubers
Avast, me hearties! Monday be Talk Like a Pirate Day (I suggest a Welsh accent, for the historically inclined).
September 19, of every year, is a day of piratey fandom created about nine years ago by some guys who thought it would be cool to spend a day talking like a pirate. The holiday was popularized in 2002 by a Dave Barry article.
This year TLAPD falls on a Monday. The Day’s official website, TalkLikeAPirate.com, is encouraging people to spend all weekend partying (‘cuse, you know, we need encouragement) and all the Monday work day dazzling their co-workers with their pirate phraseology. They’ve also put up a Google Map for people to add their party to, to prove that Talk Like A Pirate Day is a truly international event.
Some Handy Maritime Words to Pepper Your Piratey Speech With
hold, stop, wait don’t do that yet, never mind. Use in sentences like, “Belay that print out!”
Fun Nautical Fact: Those knobby club sort of things that you see sticking up along the railing of a ship near where the ropes attach? They’re called belaying pins and are used to keep a rope in place. Yes, people got whacked over the head with them.
hey there, hello. Use in sentences like, “Ahoy Barrista, make mine a macchiato. Belay the caffine.”
you. Use in sentences like, “Ye got any whiteout, Kelly?”
my. Use in sentences like, “Where be me pen?”
is. Use in sentences like, “I be cravin’ tacos.”
Short for buccaneer, which is the term for a pirate in the Spanish-controlled Caribbean. Use in sentences like, “What’s up, me bucko?”
sink, ruin, foil. Use in sentences like, “Arr, this meeting’s totally scuttled me plans for the evenin’!”
bed, parking space for boat, distance between ships. Use in sentences like, “Give Jen a wide berth, she be cranky; Dave scuttled the coffee maker again.”
diseased, prolifically dastardly. Use in sentences like, “Scurvy dastard took me berth!.”
Fun Nautical Fact: Scurvy was a serious disease for all sailing folk and is caused by a vitamin C deficiency in the diet. The British Navy figured it out, eventually, and stocked their ships with citrus. (Why Brits are “limeys”)
noob, hillbilly. (sorry, by the way, for calling you all dastardly yokels)
Letter of Marque
cart blanche, official permission to do as you will. Use in sentences like, “This new contract be givin’ us Letter of Marque.”
Fun Nautical Fact: This is the term for the license a government issued to its privateers, giving them permission to attack and loot enemy ships.
halt in place,stop where you are. Use in sentences like, “Heave to, Chris wants to set sail for Taco Bell with us.”
- …and always remember a pirate’s favorite letter. Arrrr!
Have fun Monday, me matey’s!