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One eyed Willy
One eyed Willy

Here it is September 19th and I totally forgot – again!

September 19th (every year) is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

For them o’ ye who dasn’t seem t’ know how t’ enjoy life an’ find interestin’ ways t’ express yersef, TLAPD be simply a tide t’ celebrate eccentricities.

Simply put, swabbies love t’ re-invent they’s self t’ discover, or reveal, ye they really be. How often be havin’ ye keel hauled away from a period film an’ realisin’ ye be usin’ an accent? ARRR, a real seafarin’ hearty would jus’ keel haul away, but ye get th’ point.

Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Make no mistake. We do. But it’s a little hard to articulate why, especially when you’ve made the mistake of referring to your wife as a scurvy bilge rat and tried to order her back into the galley.

Talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple.

It gives your conversation a swagger, an el?n, denied to landlocked lubbers. The best explanation came from a guy at a Cleveland radio station who interviewed us on the 2002 Talk Like a Pirate Day. He told us we were going to be buried by people asking for interviews because it was a “whimsical alternative” to all the serious things that were making the news so depressing.

In other words, silliness is the holiday’s best selling point.

Q. Have you heard the one about the pirate who walks into a bar …
A. Yes. As Cap’n Slappy says:

Thar be only three pirate jokes in the world. The biggest one is the one that ends with someone usin’ “Arrr” in the punchline. Oh, sure, thar be plenty o’ these, but they’re all the same damn joke.

“What’s the pirate movie rated? – Arrr!”
“What kind o’ socks does a pirate wear? – Arrrrgyle!”
“What’s the problem with the way a pirate speaks? – Arrrrticulation!”

…and so forth.

The second joke is the one wear the pirate walks into the bar with a ships wheel attached to the front o’ his trousers. The bartender asks, “What the hell is that ships wheel for?” The pirate says, “I don’t know, but it’s drivin’ me nuts!”

And finally. A little boy is trick or treatin’ on Halloween by himself. He is dressed as a pirate. At one house, a friendly man asks him, “Where are your buccaneers?” The little boy responds, “On either side o’ me ‘buccan’ head!”

And there ye have it. A symposium on pirate humor that’ll last ye a lifetime – so long as life is violent and short.

And if you run into a fourth joke, they’ve heard that one, too. If ye think it’s a real winner, then send it to PirateJokes.Com

And now Google supports Pirate language.
If ye’re a gentleman or lady o’ fortune yerself ? or just want t’ talk like one ? ye c’n set Pirate as yer preferred lingo usin’ th’ Likes an’ Dislikes page, or cast yer deadlights on an example.

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