Aye, ‘tis the perfect time for expandin’ your language, it is. Here are some choices for the coming weeks: Talk Like a Politician, Talk Like a Foul-Mouthed Middle-Schooler…or Talk Like A Pirate and do some good.
September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, a holiday created in 1995. It remained a low-key event until 2002 when humor columnist Dave Barry covered it in a syndicated article. As he wrote, “There comes a time in a man’s life when he hears the call of the sea. If the man has a brain in his head, he will hang up the phone immediately.” (I’ll add that the same is probably true for a wench, the pirate word for lady, although a man should not risk using this term loosely around a lady who is stronger than he is…)
Next Monday is a good excuse to ignore politicians and foul-mouthed kids. Instead, have some fun swaggering around, talking like Jack Sparrow and enjoying a free donut at Krispy Kreme. (Google Talk Like a Pirate for vocabulary words, and check to see if your Krispy Kreme is participating.)
Even more important than costumes and fun, Talk Like A Pirate Day has also become a day to raise funds for charity organizations such as Childhood Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
On September 19, “Put On Your Pirate”—in costume or attitude, sprinkle in a few choice pirate words—and drink a toast to Grog on Your Furner. (FYI—translated, that’s to lift a glass of your favorite pirate drink on your own ship…not a ship you stole or plundered.)
And while the Grog has you in a generous mood, be a good pirate and make a donation to a worthy charity of your choice. Alzheimer’s Research is a worthy cause, just in case you need one.