Guys, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yeah!
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
There was this one time I thought it would be a good idea to switch my Facebook language to “Pirate” instead of English.
- Instead of Relationship Status, it’s State o’ Affairs
- Instead of Favorite Quotation, it’s Prefer’d piratey mottos
- And instead of Info, it says Cap’n’s Log
- Instead of Five minutes ago, it says Five shots o’ rum ago
- Instead of Settings, it says Adjust ye riggin’s
- How about instead of Events, it’s Grog fests sighted from the Crow’s Nest
- Instead of Inbox, it’s Bottle o’ Messages
It’s pretty easy to get Pirate English instead of US English, you just need to add “Translations,” to your Applications, then choose: English (Pirate).
The real problem happens after the initial fun is over and you realize you don’t understand Pirate at all. In fact you’re unsure how to change it back to US English.
In honour of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD), I decided to repost my best pirate attempt. I just don’t think I can top it yet. One day.
14 January 2006
A pirate’s blog for me
Arrr matey! What you are witnessing is my secret training for the pirate profession. I am practicing for when I have an eye patch covering me eye and can no longer see out of it. I am also wielding my sword with my right hand, even though I am secretly left handed—you see? The Princess Bride really can teach the average scabbard a thing or two!
It was a good thing I got this training too, because on Wednesday my pirate skills were tested.
I went into the hospital for a CT scan (because I’m having surgery on my wrist again) and the tech, remembering me from a previous encounter at the hospital said (something like), “Arrr, you ready to walk the plank?”
The phrase sent me into a flashback. It was a dark and stormy night. It was raining so hard that my face hurt and my suede jacket was ruined. The docks were slippery. We were on our way back from pillaging and making our refuge on the ship. But there was someone blocking our path—or some THING. Whatever it was, it was huge. We dubbed it a sea monster but later settled on sea cat. In the daylight one might believe it to be a seal, but we pirates knew the difference. We held our swords up, mine was shaking slightly, ready to fight our way onto the ship. The sea thing had obviously heard of our valour and quickly made its retreat. We quietly made our way to the ship.
Well, needless to say, that was a scary moment. But all of that had, if nothing else, taught me something about pirating. Keeping my wits about me I slowly looked around the room (with both eyes). There indeed was a plank before me, but it was not high, and thankfully, there was no shark-infested water anywhere to be seen. With this knowledge I confidently climbed up onto the plank where I was given a comfy pillow and told to hold my sword (oh alright, my arm) up above my head.
The tech was obviously impressed with my bravery and in less than 10 minutes I was released to return to my ship.
And now I tell the tale to you, my pirate friends. Take thy training seriously, for ye know not whence he shall come across a worthy adversary. Take warning!
Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
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