International Talk Like a Pirate Day

This Sunday is International Talk¬† Like a Pirate Day – it’s on September 19 each year.

And seeing as RedBallooners are such a bunch of seafarin’ ruffians, we’re all pretty keen to get on board the ship.

We’ve got the outfits down to a tee – see photos from our 2009 Christmas party, however it’s actually TALKIN’ like a pirate that’s the challenge.

If you feel the same way and want to get amongst the action (why wouldn’t ye?) you can visit the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day website. It’s a treasure trove of history, how to’s and other fun pirate-related stuff. You’ll find out how Talk Like a Pirate Day originated, learn how to talk like a pirate in English, German AND in Dutch, and uncover the pirate personality test.

Alternatively, we’ve put together some tips on how to make International Talk Like a Pirate Day a roarin’ success.

1. Add ‘arrr’ to everything you say. This is particularly effective when you add it to a word that has ‘ar’ in it already. Some good ones include:

  • Arrrrgument (as a pirate you get into a lot of these)
  • Arrrrtillery (cannons, blunderbusses and the like)
  • Farrrrmarrr (no idea why a pirate would have anything to do with a landlubber like a farmer, but this is a good one because you get to use ‘arrr’ twice)

2. Supplement some everyday words with piratey ones. For example:

  • Friends – mateys, fellow buccaneers, scurvy shipmates, ruffians, scallywags, crew, me hearties
  • Possessions – loot, bounty, booty, treasure
  • Talk – chinwag, blabber

3. Change your language to pirate on Facebook. Here’s how:

  • Log in to Facebook
  • Click on the “Account” tab in the top right
  • Select “Account Settings” from the drop down
  • Click on the “Language” tab
  • Select “English (Pirate)” as your primary language

4. Go on a pirate cruise. Yes, they really do exist!

And when you’re ready to show off ye pirate speak, say “ahoy” to us on Facebook and show us what a scallywag you really are.

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