Will and Guy would recommend that you join in the fun on that day and act rather like that marvellous actor, the late and great Robert Newton, from the 1950 Disney film 'Treasure
- 19th September
- Pirate Vocabulary
- Video Explaining the 5 Pirate 'A's
- Pirate Trivia and
- How to be a Pirate Girl
The next International
'Talk Like A Pirate Day' will be on
Sunday 19th September 2010.
the 19th - it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Ye don't want to be forgettin' that and have yer kids goin' to school soundin' like a bunch o' landlubbers, now do ye? Arrr.
Like a Pirate Day is also a chance to raise money for charity.
The British HQ of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' gives all its collected money to
Marie Curie Cancer Care.
You may like to consider some of the
following behaviour as a start:
- Put a parrot on your shoulder, strap on a peg leg, hit the rum and start bellowing, 'Shiver me Timbers'.
- The September 19th is your once-a-year chance to don an eye patch,
sport a ridiculously large hat and keep on saying 'Arrrrr'.
It all started back in the 1990s as a cult joke between two American friends: John 'Ol Chumbucket' Baur and Mark 'Cap'n Slappy' Summers but
really took off when columnist Dave Barry got to hear about their surreal festival and publicised it.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAPD), which adopted Treasure Island star Robert Newton as its
patron saint, now attracts fans from as far afield as Britain and Australia and even boasts a special Wikipedia site on the Internet.
The day even has its own unofficial anthem: American Tom Smith has
written and recorded 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' - and Canadian sketch comedy troupe Loading Ready Run produced an educational video on how to swashbuckle with the best of them.
Will and Guy have
researched some vocabulary that you may enjoy using in your conversations:
- Growl - and scowl often. Pirates don't use a cultured, elegant, smooth vocalisation - they mutter and growl.
- Ahoy: Greetings,
also Hallo, Hi there.
- Avast: Stand still and listen.
- Aye or Aye Aye: Yes. OK.
- Aaaaargh: can mean anything you want it to.
- Black spot: by giving someone a black spot [place it in their hand]
you are marking them for death or misfortune.
- Booty: treasure searched for by pirates
- Cat o' nine tails: special whip for flogging wrongdoers and those that mutiny.
- Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom
of the sea, where the souls of dead men lie.
- Doubloons: gold coins.
- Gentlemen O' fortune: posh word for a pirate.
- Grog: A pirate's favourite drink - rum usually because of the Caribbean
- Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag.
- Keelhaul: a truly vicious punishment where a malcontent or wrongdoer was tied to a rope and dragged along the barnacle-encrusted
bottom of a ship. He would not survive this experience.
- Landlubber: 'land-lover,' someone not used to life onboard a ship.
- Lily-livered: faint hearted.
- Loaded to the gunwales (pronounced
gunnels): probably means to be inebriated.
- Matey: a shipmate or a friend. Also useful is Me hearty.
- Pieces o' eight: pieces of silver which could be cut into eighths thus enabling
change to be given.
- Privateer: a private warship owned by a pirate and officially sanctioned by a national power. e.g. Sir Francis Drake.
- Scurvy dog: a personal insult.
- Shiver me timbers: an
exclamation of surprise.
- Swashbuckling: fighting and having fun on the high seas.
- Walk the plank: exactly what it says on the tin.................
- Wench: a young pretty lady.
the way a pirate laughs, often heard with, '......................and a bottle of rum.'
How to be a
Wear a lot of bandanas. Especially ones with skull and crossbones designs and red and
black ones. When not wearing a bandana, make your hair a bit messy. You can also use an eye patch. White, ivory, beige, cream and tan peasant shirts are great for the look. Skull t-shirts are also great. Plain
black, white or beige shirts with cut-off sleeves are a great addition to your wardrobe. Brightly coloured long sleeve button ups are piratey. Just make sure they are loose, not stiff like a shirt a corporate
executive might wear to the office. And make sure you leave all of it untucked but the very front, creating a sagging look [regardless of how it's finished] and unbutton the top few buttons suggests the
A Dog Likes Being a Pirate
for the Day
Jokes for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAPD)
- How do you make a tall pirate short?You take all his money.
- What happened
to the man with two wooden legs when his trousers caught fire?
He was burnt to the ground.
- Which pirate wears the biggest hat?
The one with the
See more funny pirate jokes.
Walking the Plank
Hollywood, Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' and the story of Peter Pan,
are responsible for perpetuating the myth that pirates used to
kill their enemies by making them 'walk the plank.'
The fact, it is hard to imagine that real pirates such as Captain Kidd would waste time killing someone by drowning in this fashion. A quick throw
overboard would suffice. If a buccaneer
wished to be cruel, or wanted to torture their victim, then Keel-hauling would be more effective.
Another reason why 'walking
the plank' is lionised is because of Howard Pyle's illustrations in the 19th Century. The picture (see right) first appeared in Harper's Monthly in 1887.
More About Pirates
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Three of us afloat in the meadow by the swing,
Three of us abroad in
the basket on the lea.
Winds are in the air, they are blowing in the
And waves are on the meadow like the waves there are at sea.
Where shall we adventure, to-day that we're afloat,
Wary of the weather
and steering by a star?
Shall it be to Africa, a-steering of the boat,
To Providence, or Babylon or off to Malabar?
Hi! but here's a
squadron a-rowing on the sea-
Cattle on the meadow a-charging with a
Quick, and we'll escape them, they're as mad as they can be,
The wicket is the harbour and the garden is the shore.
Pirate Trivia and Interesting Facts
- The Jolly Roger flag, with its black background and white skull and
crossbones, was designed to be scary. This flag was not used by all pirates,
usually it was only flown by those sailing in the Spanish Main.
- Pirates believed that wearing 'pierced' earrings would improve their
eyesight - strange we think.
- Pirates believed that having women on board their ship was bad luck.
- They also believed that whistling on a ship would cause the weather to
turn stormy; as in the phrase 'to whistle up a storm'.
- Pirates would take over island ports and make them a safe haven for
- Almost all pirates stole their ships because they couldn't buy ships in
case they got caught and sent to jail. Once they had taken over a ship they
had to convert it for pirate life, this usually meant making more room for
sailors to live on board and strengthening the decks to hold the weight of
the heavy cannons.
- Ships sailing on their own often sailed close to warships or joined other
convoys of ships to protect themselves from pirates. Pirates could only
attack one ship at a time, so if the sailors travelled in groups there was
less chance of their boat being the one that was attacked.
- Pirate Captain's would change out of their expensive, flashy clothes if
there was a chance they might be captured. This way they could pretend they
where only one of the crew, and not somebody important and hopefully escape.
- Pirates probably didn't have talking parrots say Will and Guy
- Although pirates have been around since the 15th century, most pirating
happened between 1690 and 1720.
- On the Caribbean island of St Thomas you will find a place called "Black
Beard's Castle". It is believed that this is where the famous pirate spent
many hours looking out for approaching ships.
Fascinating Pirate Facts from Will and Guy
Did You Know? Four Different Types of Pirate:
Buccaneers were rovers who plied their sweet trade in the
Caribbean. The original name is Boucanier; meaning someone who barbecues
meat. The original buccaneers were hard, strong men who were involved in the
wood trade. When economic times were tough, they resorted to piracy to make
Corsairs was the name given to pirates who plied their sweet
trade off the coast of North Africa. The Barbary Corsairs were such a band
of pirates who sailed off the Barbary Coast.
The Barbary states were
semi-autonomous Muslim cities along the coast from which the pirates hailed.
Their chief claim to fame is the cruel manner in which they treated
Christian captives, who were chained to the benches of Corsair galleys and
made to row nonstop for hours on end. If the rower quit, he was mercilessly
whipped to death and tossed to the waves.
Corsair forts were known to be
places where prisoners were maltreated in a great variety of ways; including
being tossed onto hooks which were imbedded in the outer wall of the fort's
gate and left to rot in the hot sun.
Pirates are people who rob and plunder at sea; the sea worthy
equivalent of highwaymen. Kings and Queens did both through their
surrogates; privateers and tax collectors.
Privateers were often private boat owners who operated
under a 'Letter of Marque' from their government, which allowed them to
plunder the ships of "enemy" countries.
Privateers also used their
vessels to help protect their country in the event of war. As Samuel
Johnson's dictionary definitions make clear, in the eighteenth century 'the
difference between a pirate and a privateer was as thin as the piece of
paper bearing a royal letter of marque.'
A Good introduction to the pirate culture can be found
Captain Morgan, typifies the buccaneer spirit. He also typified how both the establishment and history blurred line between good and bad. If you were English and you robbed ships belonging
to enemy countries such as Spain, then you were a good privateer. But if you looted English or allied ships, then you were bad pirate. In 1673 Captain Morgan stood trial for piracy, however instead
of being convicted, the King (Charles II) intervened personally, knighted Captain Morgan, and then made him governor of Jamaica.
Captain Kidd, the scourge of the Indian ocean. Famously,
Captain Kidd was hanged in London in 1701; his body was then dipped in tar, and displayed on the bank of the river Thames as a deterrent to would be pirates.
Blackbeard, terrorised the American
coasts in the early 18th centaury. Killed in 1718 by Lieutenant Maynard of the Royal Navy (Pre-independence).
Hampshire Council Dislikes
A Hampshire woman has been ordered to remove a pirate flag from her garden.
She wanted to fly the Jolly Roger in her garden for a bit of fun writes the
Basingstoke Gazette; but Carol Clark's plan to run the flag up the pole has been
shot down in flames. Mrs Clark, 47, from The Rookery, Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK,
received a letter from the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council after someone
complained about the flag being flown.
An inspection by a council official followed and Mrs Clark was then told
flying the pirates' emblem contravened advertising regulations and that she
would have to apply for planning consent, at a cost of £265, [$516 USD] or risk
legal action. Recognised national, regional or local flags may be flown without
consent, but all others are treated as advertisements and require planning
Carol Clark has now decided to replace the Jolly Roger with a Union Flag,
which does not require consent to be flown.
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