Int'l Talk Like A Pirate Day-Arr!
September 19, 2010 12:40 AM   Subscribe

Avast there! Ahoy, mateys! Tis the blessed day at last. Here be yer bible. Here be yer Web site. And here be yer Pirate Name Generator. Now get out there and celebrate, for tis Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arr!
posted by Lynsey (73 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
First Pirate! Yaaaarrrrrr!
posted by davidpriest.ca at 12:46 AM on September 19, 2010


No.
posted by kafziel at 12:47 AM on September 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


kafziel, surely you mean "Naaarrrrr!"
posted by sebastienbailard at 12:50 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


On a Sunday? Man. Church is gonna suck.
posted by incessant at 12:50 AM on September 19, 2010 [6 favorites]


Arrrrrrr ye havin' me on, matey? Church is goin' ta be most entertainin'! Harr harr harrrrr!
posted by Xoebe at 12:52 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


And Christ said, "YAARRRRR! Take and eat, me hardies, 'tis my flesh, yaarrr!, do this in remembrance of me, ye scurvy dogs! YARR!"
posted by davidpriest.ca at 12:53 AM on September 19, 2010 [17 favorites]


My pirate name bears a shocking resemblance to my real name. I feel some buckle in my swash. Rrarrrrr to all.
posted by Go Banana at 12:55 AM on September 19, 2010


PreviARRRsly (and for six years before that)

Ya needs some new cARRntent to ARRvoid bein' just anothARR Dubloon Double Post. 'Else ye just have Talk Like Dead James Brown Day ("15 posts on a Dead James Brown, yo ho ho and a bottle of SmARRtwater")

Here's something.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:00 AM on September 19, 2010


Yes.
posted by cucumber at 1:02 AM on September 19, 2010


About three years ago I was working a one day temp job and on my break I found a newspaper laying in the break room. I hadn't opened one in a long time and I didn't have anything better to do, so I flipped through it. It really reminded me of why I held newspapers in general in such low esteem - everything in it was bland and one dimensional. Especially sad was the comics page, which had always been pretty bad, even when I was a child, although it had definitely gotten worse since the few bright spots of my youth had retired.

But there was one thing of note there: the Family Circus. And the reason why it was noteable was that its punchline was that Billy was wearing an eye patch, pretending to be a pirate and saying "YAARRR!" to his mom. And the reason why that was noteable to me was this:

If even the Family Circus is on on your joke, your joke is dead.

And yet - somehow - for some unfathomable reason that joke which is so obvious and repetitive and inoffensive that even your tamest Grandfather has mastered it's telling - still persists. Ugh.
posted by Kiablokirk at 1:06 AM on September 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm with kafziel. Call me a curmudgeon, but talk like a pirate day is stupid. It's just another obnoxious excuse for idiots who have nothing better to do to waste everybody's time with annoying and illogical and frankly unhistorical caricatures of so-called 'pirates.' Never mind that real pirates in history were exciting in their own right, or that their lives were more dangerous and oft-times unjust than we'd like to imagine; no, this annoying and grating meme continues to live on, and for an entire day I'll have to endure listening to people to do this bad imitation of a bad imitation that is 'talking like a pirate.' If there is one thing I can be thankful for – one faint touch of silver on the sad cloud of grief that is this horrid day – it's that International Talk Like A Pirate day only happens once a yeaAAARRRRRRR SHIVER ME TIMBERS, MATEY, SCUPPER THE DECKS AND HOIST THE MAINSAIL, WE'RE TAKIN' YONDER SCHOONER AND THERE'LL BE NO PRISONERS, I TELL YE
posted by koeselitz at 1:09 AM on September 19, 2010 [19 favorites]


yeah, more sodomy, less talk.
posted by philip-random at 1:11 AM on September 19, 2010 [7 favorites]


er, on second thought don't scupper the decks, turns out that would actually be really bad

talk like a pirate day is difficult

posted by koeselitz at 1:13 AM on September 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


may one scupper your timbers instead?
posted by cucumber at 1:20 AM on September 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


Well this comes timely. My pirate name - Salty George Blackstroker - reminds me that I have t' do laundry and return a couple o' overdue videos.
posted by vapidave at 1:24 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sure, we're last in the NL Central, but we have a young up-and-coming pitching staff, a couple of good hitters, and I think a return to the glory days of the early nineties is just around the corner.
posted by mreleganza at 1:34 AM on September 19, 2010 [9 favorites]


may one scupper your timbers instead?

Talk like that really hoists my mainsail.

What sheets are you flying?
posted by sebastienbailard at 1:48 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just discovered landlubber is properly spelled as one word. I learned something on pirate day!!!
posted by cavalier at 2:08 AM on September 19, 2010


And MeFi's Own dabitch has just made me aware that Sweden is having an election today... and Sweden has a Pirate Party! Vote Like a Pirate? You think the USofA has some political conflicts of interest!

btw, when I was a little kid, my parents made me walk the plank... because we couldn't afford a dog. (Joke Like a Pirate!)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:10 AM on September 19, 2010


*puts on blue ninja robe, lobs smoke bomb and slides silently down the sidebar*
posted by mannequito at 2:14 AM on September 19, 2010


One of the reasons I like English so much is that is has so many cool accents and dialects; the closest we could ever come to the way a pirate speaks would be North German / Plattdeutsch, and that may be one of the wussiest dialects known to man. "Yo-ho und 'ne Buddel voll Rum, Alder, nech?"
posted by PontifexPrimus at 2:36 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


My dad emailed me, from his own official gubberment work address, on approximately year 2 of Talk Like A Pirate Day, in a painful approximation of pirate-speak. It was on this day that I yarred no more.
posted by Mizu at 2:36 AM on September 19, 2010


yeah, more sodomy, less talk.

Don't forget the rum! Everyone always forgets the rum.

You can keep the lash.
posted by Rangeboy at 2:46 AM on September 19, 2010


Can I have Rangeboy's lashes if he isn't using them? Also, you should all read this book: "
posted by PinkMoose at 2:50 AM on September 19, 2010


We (SheMulp and I) attempted to celebrate, but we merely stole a bottle of wine cooler from our neighbor and watched the Angela Lansbury version of the Pirates of Penzance. I guess that's marginally piratical.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:51 AM on September 19, 2010


this book sorry its early
posted by PinkMoose at 2:51 AM on September 19, 2010


By the way, they skipped the 2nd verse of the Modern Major General song in that version, and, being the sort of person who's been obsessed with that sort of thing, that sort of thing being Gilbert and Sullivan related, this burns me more than the inclusion of "My Eyes Are Fully Open" from Ruddigore..
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:53 AM on September 19, 2010


So, I've spent the rest of the evening listening to They Might Be Giant's "John Henry" album.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:57 AM on September 19, 2010


One of the finest episodes of Freemans Mind is all in Pirate. Strangely enough, it was an April Fools episode.
posted by WhackyparseThis at 3:19 AM on September 19, 2010


...and here be a shanty for you scurvy swabs posted to MeFiMu a while back...arrrrrrrr(se)
posted by MajorDundee at 3:23 AM on September 19, 2010


That doesn't sound like Somali Arabic to me.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:39 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Is it Talk Like a Douche day again?
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:39 AM on September 19, 2010


On a Sunday? Man. Church is gonna suck.

Actually, for me, church is going to be AWESOME. I'm heading to Ft. Myers to see the Rev. Naomi King preach like a pirate. I'm all about embracing the sacred nature of silliness.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 3:57 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


This year, I'm going to take the opportunity to build a few bridges:

"Yaaarrr, that Yagyu Retsudo be a right salty dog, but he has served the Shogun loyally and I would still have him for me crew even if I might not share me grog with him."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:16 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is it Talk Like a Douche day again?

No, that's the other 364 days of the year. HAHAHA I'LL BE HERE ALL NIGHT FOLKS, YARRRR
posted by shii at 4:26 AM on September 19, 2010 [6 favorites]


Yarr, all of ye wit Old Salty McGee's peg leg up your arse, raise your Jolly Roger and move on, same as any other post.
posted by stevis23 at 4:26 AM on September 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'm really not interested in the pirate opinion of anyone who holds all newspapers in low esteem.

*hoists mainsail*
posted by ciderwoman at 4:35 AM on September 19, 2010


¿Qué ocurre? ¡Gente lloriqueando por la recurrencia! ¡Perros, marineros de agua dulce! Hoy es el día internacional de hablar castellano como un pirata.

Quince hombres en el cofre del muerto.
¡Yo-ho-ho, y una botella de ron!
El aguardiente y el diablo hicieron el resto.
¡Yo-ho-ho, y una botella de ron!
posted by ersatz at 4:55 AM on September 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


Shameless self-promotion time: In honor of the day, Pirates For Sail teams up with Cover Me for an all-pirate installment of Cover Commissions! Which nautical tune should this band of scalawags sing? Cast yer vote now!
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:22 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


That’s more than ye, ye great gods, ever were. I laugh and hoot at ye, ye cricket-players, ye pugilists, ye deaf Burkes and blinded Bendigoes! I will not say as school-boys do to bullies, – Take some one of your own size; don’t pommel me! No, ye’ve knocked me down, and I am up again; but ye have run and hidden. Come forth from behind your cotton bags! I have no long gun to reach ye. Come, Ahab’s compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me. Swerve me? Ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves! Man has ye there. Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents’ beds, unerringly I rush! Naught’s an obstacle, naught’s an angle to the iron way!

(also, nthing the rum and sodomy.)
posted by Ahab at 5:31 AM on September 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Again already?
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:36 AM on September 19, 2010


We think that the copyright needs to be changed to fit the current climate of usage and taken the distribution platform into respect. The opposite side thinks that they need to close the internet down so they won't lose control.

I won't say I have the best answer for how the copyright should work - but a creative commons license is better than what we usually have today. But my personal opinion (that is not always the opinion of all of us behind the bay) is that copyright is not needed when it comes to personal use.

(yarr.)
posted by pinespree at 5:38 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Haaaar mateys, here in London the sun be over the yardarm. I make it grog o'clock! Yo ho ho and a Pimm's and lemonade! 'Tis a sovereign remedy fer both the scurvy and the poxy sobriety.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:50 AM on September 19, 2010


Here's some Talk Like a Pirate Day art. I mean arrrrt.

also, nthing the rum and sodomy

What if I don't like rum?
posted by marxchivist at 5:52 AM on September 19, 2010


What if I don't like rum?

Pirate Drinks. I especially like the recipe for glögg.

Arrr, off t' participate in that classic Western Pennsyl'ania tradition o' womanhood - bakin' cookies for a weddin' cookie table. Ye'll ne'er get me buried booty!
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 6:05 AM on September 19, 2010


I kinda had a good laugh earlier this week when Avast antivirus reminded me that this was coming up, in the same Avast like pop up in the bottom right.
posted by JoeXIII007 at 6:22 AM on September 19, 2010


Any scurvy dogs a-found workin' in a Call Centar bettar a-be talkin' pirate-y.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:40 AM on September 19, 2010


AYE!
posted by jquinby at 6:59 AM on September 19, 2010


Wow, a whole day devoted to an anti virus program? That's ridiculous.
posted by Splunge at 7:39 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Well, this is a rum business.
posted by Decani at 8:04 AM on September 19, 2010


Avast! Any of you lubbers not be seeding, it'll be the plank for you!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 8:13 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


<img src="thatonepictureofapiratekeyboard_youknowtheone.jpg" />
posted by danb at 8:25 AM on September 19, 2010


In honor of the day, Tell Tale Games is selling the 5 chapter Tales of Monkey Island series for $5. It's available for both Windows and Mac.
posted by jedicus at 8:33 AM on September 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ahoy! If ye wish to make yer Facebook talk like a pirate on this day, scroll to the bottom of the blasted page, click on English (US) and change it now to English (Pirate). Your likes will become Arrrs!
posted by donajo at 8:58 AM on September 19, 2010


The rereleases of the first two Monkey Island games are on sale on Steam, too.
posted by danb at 8:58 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


How dare you call it theft!
posted by Artw at 9:25 AM on September 19, 2010


7Я¥I|\|6 70 |<!11 7|-|3 |-|0|_!|>4¥. Fucking RIAA.

(Oh my god, I'm so ashamed.)
posted by Hactar at 9:27 AM on September 19, 2010


This is the day all bars run out of rum, and all the bartenders in the country wish they'd gone to law school. YAARRRGGHH YE SCALY BARKEEP. POUR ME, ME BACARDI AND WALKS THE PLANKS YE MORSEL O SHARK MEAT BEGONE FROM THIS ROTTED TUB O BLOODIED TIMBERS THAT BE TAKING US STRAIGHT TO HELL.....YYYAAAAARGHHH!!!

"You want that on the rocks or neat?"

Pirate: "Um...with ice please. I mean: WITH ICE RUMDOG!!!"
posted by Skygazer at 9:32 AM on September 19, 2010


Double, Triple, Quadruple, Pentuple, Sextuple, Octuple. Will this tired old meme never die? It was only mildly funny until about 2004. Now it's just tired.

I remember a couple of years ago, I went into a Starbucks for a cup of coffee, I was really broke and saved up for a month to be able to afford a serious coffee. When I went in, the clerk was greeting each customer by bellowing "Arr, top o the morning to ya!" at the top of his lungs. I think he was confused that it was talk like a leprechaun day. Some customers were actually fleeing rather than buying their coffee. This shop was usually full at that time of day, but that day, nobody was staying around to listen to the idiot screaming at customers, the place was empty. Even the other baristas were looking at him like he was insane. I was planning on sitting there and enjoying my coffee, but I had to flee as well.

So I called Starbucks customer service. I asked the agent if Starbucks was officially observing talk like a pirate day. He said there's no such thing. I told him of the internet meme and how the clerk was chasing away customers with his screaming. He got pretty angry about the clerk's behavior and apologized for the stupidity by sending me a $5 Starbucks card. He promised to call the store immediately and tell the guy to knock it off.

Mission accomplished. One small corner of the world was freed from stupidity for a few hours. Go ye and do likewise.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:14 AM on September 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


oops, octuple/septuple
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:19 AM on September 19, 2010


That's a great recipe for glögg. Keeps the alcohol from evaporating. I'll have to try that!
posted by hippybear at 10:26 AM on September 19, 2010


charlie don't surf: "Mission accomplished. One small corner of the world was freed from stupidity for a few hours. Go ye and do likewise."

Pic related.
posted by ShawnStruck at 10:28 AM on September 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


What if I don't like rum?

The lash.
posted by sebastienbailard at 10:39 AM on September 19, 2010


Sodomy and The Lash would be Marquis De Sade day.
posted by Artw at 10:59 AM on September 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Thanks to the people who pointed out the discounted Monkey Island games!
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:12 AM on September 19, 2010


You all forgot this one.

sorry. I kind of love that one a lot because it is so annoying
posted by bibliogrrl at 11:56 AM on September 19, 2010


Arrrr! I found me some fine history writin's! Any of you scurvy dogs what fancies a click, will have to fight me for the viewin' of 'em!
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:35 PM on September 19, 2010


Sodomy and The Lash would be Marquis De Sade day.

Or British Boarding School day. Whatever.
posted by jonmc at 1:01 PM on September 19, 2010


Such a lame, lame meme.
posted by signal at 8:17 PM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Or British Boarding School day. Whatever.

Either way it's just not the same without the rum.
posted by Artw at 8:19 PM on September 19, 2010


The rereleases of the first two Monkey Island games are on sale on Steam, too.

And they were still online when I woke up today (my connection walked the plank when I tried clicking on the Steam link). Ah, I've played the originals, but then two pens cost me as much as the two games. Besides, it was the second biggest offer I've ever seen.
posted by ersatz at 5:15 AM on September 20, 2010


TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY PALES NEXT TO THE GLORY OF CAPS LOCK DAY.
posted by chairface at 10:08 AM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I declare this day ethnocentric until Somalia is included. I'd say more about how lame and boring this is but it would be fadhi ku dirir.
posted by mippy at 10:57 AM on October 7, 2010


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