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Avast! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day

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By Bloody Sam O’Grady and Captain Jenny Vane

Ahoy! Did you know that September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Aye! You didn’t know there was such a thing as Talk Like a Pirate Day? Believe it or not, there’s pretty much a day to celebrate everything under the sun, so why not Talk Like a Pirate Day? It’s a great excuse for those of us fascinated by the “scourge of the seas” to break out our favorite skull and crossbones gear and roll our RRRR’s like there’s no tomoRRRRow.
Urban Pirates GET CARDED!
In fact, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Way back in 2002, two guys named Mark Summers and John Baur sent an email to columnist Dave Barry with an offer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning author to be the official spokesperson for a holiday they had been celebrating for years within their circle of friends. To their surprise and amazement, he agreed, and Talk Like a Pirate Day was officially launched and has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon.

Check out the official Talk Like a Pirate Day website for some pirate lingo you can try to incorporate into your conversations today. For the bold pirates out there, there are even some pirate pickup lines you can try on your favorite beauty! For quick help to Talk Like a Pirate, there’s also this English-to-Pirate translator. You can also find out your pirate name, read some corny jokes with Arrr! in the answer, or sing along with a sea shanty extolling the joys of being a pirate:

Many people may ask... ”What’s the point?” Well, dear readers of the Pratt Chat blog, the point is... there is no point. It’s just something fun and silly you can do, matey.

To get you landlubbers in the spirit, here are a few of the best pirate books we have discovered:

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Long John Silver isn’t just the name of a place to get fish planks and hush puppies; it’s the name of the archetypal pirate from this classic that created the whole pirate genre.
  • Silver: return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion - This modern sequel to Treasure Island stars Natty, the daughter of Long John Silver, and Jim Hawkins as they return to Treasure Island to search for the treasure left behind twenty years before.
  • The requiem shark by Nicholas Griffin - Ship’s Musics never hang! That’s the theory, at least, if you are a musician taken captive by a band of seadogs. Turns out that if you develop a taste for thievin’, stabbin’, burnin’, and general anti-social behavior, then a hangin’ is in your future. This work of historical fiction is an accurate and wild depiction of the free-bootin’ life!
  • The foundling by D.M. Cornish (Monster Blood Tattoo, book 1) - In a world where monsters control all the land between towns, you would think you wouldn’t have to worry about pirates. Not so! When you are a Foundling, or orphan, like young Rossamund, it seems hard to avoid being kidnapped by pirates or running afoul of their machinations.
  • Red seas under red skies by Scott Lynch - Part Ocean’s 11, part Pirates of the Caribbean, this second book of the Gentleman Bastard fantasy series combines the long con with savage sea-battles. Buckles will be swashed! Fools parted from their money! Scurvy dogs put to the blade!

Have some fun today with Talk Like a Pirate Day, or we’ll make you scallywags walk the plank!


Great post! Very entertaining, and informative to boot. Aye, to BOOT!
For pure pirate silliness, I highly recommend
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists: A Novel by Gideon Defoe. It's 2 books in one! Flip it over to read The Pirates In An Adventure with Ahab. I brought it to the beach and was laughing out loud over and over.
Get that and more in the series from the library: http://pac.epfl.net/uhtbin/cgisirsi/0/0/x/5?searchdata1=1400077508
Posted by: Teresa at 9/19/2012 11:42 a.m.


Shout-out to The Foundling. Only the first book has pirates, but the entire trilogy is fantastic. Another of my favorite pirate books is Peter Raven Under Fire by Michael Molloy. The pirates in that book are terrifying and really gross. And of course, Peter Pan by JM Barrie.
Posted by: Red Morgan Cash at 9/20/2012 3:35 p.m.


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