September 19 is "Talk Like a Pirate Day," as I'm sure you already know...
Avast! You didn't know? Well, obviously you haven't read much of Dave Barry. Here's a quote:
"Every now and then, some visionary individuals come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your immediate reaction is: 'Those individuals should be on medication.'
Today I want to tell you about two such people, John Baur and Mark Summers, who have come up with a concept that is going to make you kick yourself for not thinking of it first: Talk Like a Pirate Day. As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Is that a great idea, or what? There are so many practical benefits that I can't even begin to list them all." -- Dave Barry, Miami Herald, Sept. 8, 2002.
So brush up on your pirate talk smartly!
For your enjoyment, I'll conclude with a little pirate song by the founders of the holiday. Arrr!
A Children's Pirate Shanty
by Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers
(can be sung to the tune of Monty Python's "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK" - or make up your own!)
I'm a pirate! That I be!
I sail me ship upon the sea!I stay up late - till half past three!
And that's a peg below me knee!
Yo Ho, my friends I have a tale
of treasure, plunder, sea and sailmy story's bigger than a whale
it gets so deep, ye'll have to bail.
I like to fish, I like to fight
I like to stay up half the night
When I say "starboard" ye go right!
Me ma, she says, "Ye look a fright!"
I've got no hand but that's me hook!
I pillage stuff but I'm no crook.
Me booty's in this chest I took.
They'll write about me in a book!
And that's all there is to this song.
I hope it hasn't been too long.
A pirate's life might just be wrong
So grow up nice and big and strong!