Avast, ye swabbies, ‘tis the 16th anniversary of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD). Today you should greet friends not with "Hello," but with "Ahoy, me hearty!" Basically, all you have to do is say “Arrrgh” a lot. The “international celebration really took off in 2002, when national columnist Dave Barry wrote a funny article about it, in the Miami Herald.
There are more than 1,500 “Talk Like a Pirate” videos on YouTube, and more than 12 million websites dedicated in some way to the holiday. This holiday traces its origin back to 1995, when two wannabe pirates, John Baur and Mark Summers, decided “that what the world really needed was a new national holiday, Talk Like A Pirate Day.”
So, me hearty, ‘tis a pirate ye’ll be today. Shiver me timbers, and belay all o’ ye lubber palaver. Mad Cap’n Tom, a British pirate of some renown, has kindly offered a brief introductory course in “How To Be Speakin' Pirate-Like,” for all ye sprogs out there:
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!
If it be helpin', start yer sentence wi' a "Arr, me hearty," in a deep, throaty voice — ye'll find that the rest be comin' much easier.
For instance you might tell your boss: "By the Powers, I be late for work today, but t' Sherman Minton Bridge got the black spot, and I got keelhauled in Interstate 65 traffic."
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