September 19, 2006
by: jovial_cynic

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Celebrate by... um... talking like a pirate.

You could either use the fictional pirate phrases like "Avast, there!" and "Shiver me timbers!", or you could take note from the way actual pirates spoke:

Lift the skin up, and put into the bunt the slack of the clews (not too taut), the leech and foot-rope, and body of the sail; being careful not to let it get forward under or hang down abaft. Then haul your bunt well up on the yard, smoothing the skin and bringing it down well abaft, and make fast the bunt gasket round the mast, and the jigger, if there be one, to the tie.

--The Seaman's Manual (1844), by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.


If the ship go before the wind, or as they term it, betwixt two sheets, then he who conds uses these terms to him at the helm: Starboard, larboard, the helm amidships... If the ship go by a wind, or a quarter winds, they say aloof, or keep your loof, or fall not off, wear no more, keep her to, touch the wind, have a care of the lee-latch. all these do imply the same in a manner, are to bid him at the helm to keep her near the wind.

--former pirate Sir Henry Mainwaring (see Harland (1984) p.177)

Speak like that, and you've done it right.

np category: personal


Lucaso said:
Ummm...I think it's actually, GARR! But yeah, everyday is pirate day!
September 19, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
You are, in fact, incorrect. It might be AAARRRR!, it might be YAAAARRRR!, and it even might be RRARRRR!, but it is certainly not GARR!.
September 19, 2006

Luke said:
Well I know a pirate and he says GARRRRR. How many pirates do you know? Yeah I thought so!
September 19, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
September 19, 2006

Carl Rich said:
I have copied you comments on Banned Book Week and pasted them on the tublosophy page of my web site
and linked to your site.

September 23, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Thanks, Carl!
September 23, 2006

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