International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday invented in 1995 and celebrated every year on September 19, today. We are going to be participating in my office.
Actor Robert Newton, who portrayed Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film Treasure Island, is the patron saint of Talk Like A Pirate Day. As the association of pirates with peg legs, parrots and treasure maps was popularized in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island (1883), the influence of Stevenson's book on parody pirate culture cannot be overestimated.
"Bring me one noggin of rum, now, won't you, matey."
"Dead men don't bite."
"Shiver my timbers!" (often pronounced as "Shiver me timbers!")
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!" (see Dead Man's Chest)
"There! That's what I think of ye. Before an hour's out, I'll stove in your old block house like a rum puncheon. Laugh, by thunder, laugh! Before an hour's out, ye'll laugh upon the other side. Them that die'll be the lucky ones."
The archetypal pirate grunt "Arrr!" (alternatively "Rrrr!" or "Yarrr!") first appeared in the classic 1950 Disney film Treasure Island.
Peter Pan, with Captain Hook and his pirate ship Jolly Roger, contains numerous fictional pirate sayings:
"Avast belay, yo ho, heave to,
A-pirating we go
And if we're parted by a shot
We're sure to meet below!"
"Yo ho, yo ho, the pirate life,
The flag o'skull and bones
A merry hour, a hempen rope,
And hey for Davy Jones."
And from the Poop Deck
The holiday is of particular importance to Pastafarians (those who follow the teachings of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) who consider pirates to be absolute divine beings and the original Pastafarians. This faux religion was established to protest the teaching of intelligent design in school classrooms. I always wondered what that was about and now I know.
Oh Arrrrrrr. Just off to do some dish swabbing. Domesticated pirate that I am.
And if ye would be wantin' some Pirate talk fer yer blog, then head avast.