Aye, Talk Like a Pirate! – 2008

by Terry 9/19/2008 10:45:00 AM

Once again today, September 19th, is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I think Talk Like a Pirate Day is quickly becoming the new Halloween. I walked Kaitlin to school this morning and there were a few teachers (or maybe volunteer parents, I am not entirely sure) dressed in proper pirate attire and many a, “Harrr, matey! You best be gettin’ your land lubin’ legs runnin’ to ye class!” It is a phenomenon to see.

Last year on Talk Like a Pirate Day I was substitute instructor at DMW Martial Arts for several classes. I did my best to be pirate like for every class. It is rather difficult to maintain and I don’t think I could talk right for a few days afterwards. Nonetheless, it was great fun and, apparently, well remembered. Naturally, people are reminding me of the event and I have been getting emails with links all morning.

Hello Mr. Terry,
Just thought I'd remind you tomorrow is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I thought of you when I heard this.
It cracks me up when I hear you do this. So,
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.

And make  sure you get your _Pirate Name_
http://gangstaname.com/pirate_name.php) !

Vocabulary  tips:

* Ahoy: Hey!
* Avast: Stop!
* Aye: Yes
* Black spot: to be  'placin' the black spot' be markin' someone for death.
* Booty: treasure
* Buccanneer: a pirate who be answerin' to no man or blasted government
* By  the Powers!: an exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!
* Cat o' nine tails: whip for floggin' mutineers
* Corsair: a  pirate who be makin' his berth in the Med-...Medi-...that sea 'tween Spain and  Africa, aye!
* Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom o' the sea, where the souls of  dead men lie
* Doubloons: pieces of gold...
* Fiddlers Green: the private  heaven where pirates be goin' when they die.
* Furner: a ship which be yer  own, not one ye steal an' plunder.
* Gentlemen o' fortune: a slightly more  positive term fer pirates!
* Go on the account: to embark on a piratical  cruise
* Grog: A pirate's favorite drink.
* Jack: a flag or a sailor
* Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!
* Keelhaul: a truly  vicious punishment where a scurvy dog be tied to a rope and dragged along the  barnacle-encrusted bottom of a ship. They not be survivin' this.
* Landlubber: "Land-lover," someone not used to life onboard a ship.
* Lass: A woman.
* Lily-livered: faint o' heart
* Loaded to the Gunwales (pron. gunnels): drunk
* Matey: A shipmate or a friend.
* Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.
* Me: My.
* Pieces o' eight: pieces o' silver which can be cut into eights to be givin' small change.
* Privateer: a pirate officially sanctioned by a national power
* Scallywag: A bad person. A scoundrel.
* Scurvy dog!: a fine insult!
* Shiver me timbers!: an exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.
* Son of a Biscuit Eater: a derogatory term indicating a bastard son of a sailor
* Sprogs: raw, untrained recruits
* Squadron: a group of ten or less warships
* Squiffy: a buffoon
* Swaggy: a scurvy cur's ship what ye be intendin' to loot!
* Swashbucklin': fightin' and carousin' on the high seas!
* Sweet trade: the career of piracy
* Thar: The opposite of "here."
* Walk the plank: this one be bloody obvious.
* Wench: a lady, although ye gents not be wantin' to use this around a lady who be stronger than ye.
* Yo-ho-ho: Pirate laughter
because I could really see you making this video. Too funny!
Instructor Dan
DMW Martial Arts
(425) 443-6099



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