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.