Fifteen years ago Americans John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball – similar to Squash – and for some reason began issuing their usual playful banter in pirate speak. They can’t remember why, but what they did realise was that the game time went quicker and the pirate speak made it a lot more fun. So there and then they decided that the world needed was a new national holiday: Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Whilst it might not be quite a national holiday it has caught on worldwide thanks to the internet and this year with International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19) falling on Sunday, there is even more to celebrate with International Talk Like a Pirate Weekend.
Last year on 19 September “Pirate Day” was the top trending phrase on Twitter and over half of the top ten tweets were pirate related that day.
So what does it mean? Well, according to the sites we’ve looked at, talking like a pirate is all about the dramatic effect. Get doubling your adjectives to make things sound very grand and exciting. Drop your ‘g’s and drop your ‘v’s and never speak in anything but the present tense. A gruff and throaty delivery may help too ‘me hearties’ as might this Pirate speak translator.
At the Official British HQ site there’s a list of Piratical Events taking place this weekend and whether you are near the sea like those in Southend or more of a ‘land-lubber’ like those in Basingstoke, there’s plenty of fun to be had this weekend for wannabe pirates.
Don’t be taking being a pirate as an easy job however. It is not for the lily-livered.