Wednesday, September 19, is “the only day of the year you can talk like a pirate and not be entirely insane,” touts the website for “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” The folks behind TLAPD have some great resources for non-pirates wanting to join the club; you can take a quiz to determine your pirate name (mine is Iron Charity Bonney, which to me sounds like it might be related to an Iron Chastity Belt, something I certainly want no party of), learn some pirate phrases, and even type in sentences which will be translated into pirate dialect for you.
For example, instead of saying something like this: “The committee has decided to reallocate your time to the filing group. We look forward to the exciting new synergies between these departments,” you would say this: “Aye matey, those scalawags in their fine breeches want ye’ to move o’er with the scurvy dogs yonder. If ye’ don’t come back with some fine booty, we be keelhaulin’ you next morn!”
And if you really want to be a pirate, check out our list of real-life pirate hangouts. Put on that eye patch, strap on the peg leg, and let your inner pirate loose. But maybe hold off on the pillaging and plundering. Arrgh!