Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. In fact, today is the 10th anniversary of this crucially important day.
We’ve all got a little bit of inner pirate, don’t we? We all want to dress in fabulous, riotous clothing, wear matching swords and earrings, have long hair, and scraggly beards, and eyepatches, and talking parrots, and peg legs. Occasionally we’d like to do a bit of pillaging and looting, and perhaps even fire a pistol into the air. Pirates were rebels and non-conformists who broke free from convention and lived by their wits on the edge of society, fighting against “the man.” (Of course, we forget that pirates typically were murderous, ill-educated thugs who met grisly ends via beheading, swinging from the yardarm, keelhauling, being boiled or consumed by cannibals, or neck-deep burial in sand and drowning by the incoming tide — but never mind that.)
Still, we all feel those piratical urges, deep down. We can’t really wear pirate hats or fly the skull and crossbones in our offices, so the only way to express the inner rogue is to talk like a pirate every once in a while. So, avast there, me hearties! Today, ye scalawags, ye must let that inner pirate roar!
Attend me, lads! Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day! And remember . . . it’s rated Arrrr!