International Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th
Will and Guy would recommend that you join in the fun on that day and act rather like that marvellous actor, the late and great Robert Newton, from the 1950 Disney film 'Treasure Island.'
The next International 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' will be on Sunday 19th September 2010.
September the 19th - it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Ye don't want to be forgettin' that and have yer kids goin' to school soundin' like a bunch o' landlubbers, now do ye? Arrr.
Talk Like a Pirate Day is also a chance to raise money for charity.
You may like to consider some of the following behaviour as a start:
It all started back in the 1990s as a cult joke between two American friends: John 'Ol Chumbucket' Baur and Mark 'Cap'n Slappy' Summers but really took off when columnist Dave Barry got to hear about their surreal festival and publicised it.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAPD), which adopted Treasure Island star Robert Newton as its patron saint, now attracts fans from as far afield as Britain and Australia and even boasts a special Wikipedia site on the Internet.
The day even has its own unofficial anthem: American Tom Smith has written and recorded 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' - and Canadian sketch comedy troupe Loading Ready Run produced an educational video on how to swashbuckle with the best of them.
Will and Guy have researched some vocabulary that you may enjoy using in your conversations:
Wear a lot of bandanas. Especially ones with skull and crossbones designs and red and black ones. When not wearing a bandana, make your hair a bit messy. You can also use an eye patch. White, ivory, beige, cream and tan peasant shirts are great for the look. Skull t-shirts are also great. Plain black, white or beige shirts with cut-off sleeves are a great addition to your wardrobe. Brightly coloured long sleeve button ups are piratey. Just make sure they are loose, not stiff like a shirt a corporate executive might wear to the office. And make sure you leave all of it untucked but the very front, creating a sagging look [regardless of how it's finished] and unbutton the top few buttons suggests the Telegraph online.
Jokes for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAPD)
Walking the Plank
Hollywood, Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' and the story of Peter Pan, are responsible for perpetuating the myth that pirates used to kill their enemies by making them 'walk the plank.'
The fact, it is hard to imagine that real pirates such as Captain Kidd would waste time killing someone by drowning in this fashion. A quick throw overboard would suffice. If a buccaneer wished to be cruel, or wanted to torture their victim, then Keel-hauling would be more effective.
Another reason why 'walking the plank' is lionised is because of Howard Pyle's illustrations in the 19th Century. The picture (see right) first appeared in Harper's Monthly in 1887.
More About Pirates
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Three of us afloat in the meadow by the swing,
Hi! but here's a
squadron a-rowing on the sea-
Fascinating Pirate Facts from Will and Guy
Did You Know? Four Different Types of Pirate:
The Barbary states were semi-autonomous Muslim cities along the coast from which the pirates hailed. Their chief claim to fame is the cruel manner in which they treated Christian captives, who were chained to the benches of Corsair galleys and made to row nonstop for hours on end. If the rower quit, he was mercilessly whipped to death and tossed to the waves.
Corsair forts were known to be places where prisoners were maltreated in a great variety of ways; including being tossed onto hooks which were imbedded in the outer wall of the fort's gate and left to rot in the hot sun.
Privateers also used their vessels to help protect their country in the event of war. As Samuel Johnson's dictionary definitions make clear, in the eighteenth century 'the difference between a pirate and a privateer was as thin as the piece of paper bearing a royal letter of marque.'
Captain Morgan, typifies the buccaneer spirit. He also typified how both the establishment and history blurred line between good and bad. If you were English and you robbed ships belonging to enemy countries such as Spain, then you were a good privateer. But if you looted English or allied ships, then you were bad pirate. In 1673 Captain Morgan stood trial for piracy, however instead of being convicted, the King (Charles II) intervened personally, knighted Captain Morgan, and then made him governor of Jamaica.
Captain Kidd, the scourge of the Indian ocean. Famously, Captain Kidd was hanged in London in 1701; his body was then dipped in tar, and displayed on the bank of the river Thames as a deterrent to would be pirates.
Blackbeard, terrorised the American coasts in the early 18th centaury. Killed in 1718 by Lieutenant Maynard of the Royal Navy (Pre-independence).
A Hampshire woman has been ordered to remove a pirate flag from her garden.
She wanted to fly the Jolly Roger in her garden for a bit of fun writes the Basingstoke Gazette; but Carol Clark's plan to run the flag up the pole has been shot down in flames. Mrs Clark, 47, from The Rookery, Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK, received a letter from the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council after someone complained about the flag being flown.
An inspection by a council official followed and Mrs Clark was then told flying the pirates' emblem contravened advertising regulations and that she would have to apply for planning consent, at a cost of £265, [$516 USD] or risk legal action. Recognised national, regional or local flags may be flown without consent, but all others are treated as advertisements and require planning permission.
Carol Clark has now decided to replace the Jolly Roger with a Union Flag, which does not require consent to be flown.
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