Thursday, September 19, 2013

Celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day, ye scurvy dogs!

Mateys, it be one of this wench's favorite holidays: International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

The Founders, Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket

Obviously, the main point of the holiday is to, of course, talk like a pirate, so be sure to pepper your speech with liberals uses of "Arr!" "Matey!" "Scurvy dog!" and "Wench!" There's actually an entire How-To section on the official International Talk Like A Pirate Day website.

You can also read Dave Barry's excellent column about the holiday, which brought International Talk Like a Pirate Day to the masses. For that, he ought to receive, at minimum, the Medal of Freedom. 

But here are a few more things you can do to get into the spirit of the holiday:
  • Watch a pirate movie. The obvious choice is "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," but don't forget that Disney also gave us "Peter Pan" and "Hook," both of which feature fearsome pirates. Or, watch one of my all-time favorite silly movies, "Muppet Treasure Island." Or, you could always go with that tried-and-true classic, "The Princess Bride." "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," an animated movie that came out a couple of years ago was also quite hilarious.
  • Watch a movie or TV show featuring people with a piratey attitude (pirattitude). The crew of Serenity on "Firefly" is a bunch of pirates in space. Or watch the original "Star Wars" series to see that wonderful space pirate Han Solo.
  • Read a pirate book. You could find a good nonfiction book that tells the real story of pirates, but that might bring you down, what with all the pillaging and killing and scurvy and all that. Nah, you should find a good pirate-themed romance novel or adventure book. I recommend "Good Groom Hunting" by Shana Galen. (You can read my review here.)
  • Travel to Walt Disney World or Disneyland and ride "Pirates of the Caribbean" over and over again. It's where I am in spirit today.
What are ye scurvy dogs planning to do to get into the pirate spirit today?

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