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International Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19, 2010
by Rachel Balik
Ahoy, mateys: it’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday! No, not Christmas; September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yes, it’s the one day of the year when you can take pride in behaving like a swashbuckling buccaneer.

Talk Like a Pirate

If you’re new to this tradition, head to the official site of Talk Like a Pirate Day. You’ll learn how to talk like a pirate, where to find piratical advice and what events are being held in observation of this vitally important holiday. Why celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? The answer is in the site’s FAQ: “Why not? Talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation. Do you need another reason?”

Now that you’re sold on the holiday, you’ve got to perfect your pirate-speak. Obviously, talking like a pirate requires a significant amount of finesse, experience and natural talent. But you can learn quickly if you work hard. For example, although the gruffness in pirates’ voices was a result of “years of hard life, salty air and alcohol,” the video “How to Talk Like a Pirate” reports that a shot of rum will get those vocal chords rumbling. The video also includes essential vocabulary and a pronunciation guide.

Play, Sing and Learn Like a Pirate

If you are now feeling truly piratical and looking for rum, wenches and gold, head to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Web site. Register on the site, download the “Pirates of the Caribbean” game and become a bona fide virtual pirate.

Need some background music? Get your fix by making a mix of IGN’s Top 10 Pirate Songs. Yo ho. Yo ho ho.

OK. Enough of the silly stuff. You’re a serious pirate, right? Right. Arrrrr! Take your serious pirate self to the New England Pirate Museum and familiarize yourself with pirates just slightly more legitimate than you are. (Sorry, swiping your coworker’s pen doesn’t count as real piracy, even if you dunk it in the sink afterward.) The museum is in Salem, Massachusetts, but the Education Curriculum section offers all sorts of swashbuckling activities to the aspiring young pirate in any location. Why not make a Jolly Roger and carry it with you the next time you go borrow a paper clip?

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