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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day

Published September 19th, 2014 by Bobby Henderson

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I hope everyone has a great time.



41 Responses to “Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day”

  1. Rasputin says:

    Yaarrgghhhh! Keel haul them trolls and raise our flag of piracy!

  2. Rasputin says:

    It’s worth recognising the valuable contribution made to our culture by the British actor, the late Robert Newton (find him via Google). He was cast as Long John Silver in a film based upon the book, “Treasure Island” and subsequently appeared in several Australian follow-ups. Newton was schooled in Cornwall. When cast as Silver, he adopted an exaggerated version of the Cornish accent. Newton’s accent became the default accent with which to depict pirates, as with the sea captain in “The Simpsons”. Even the actor Robert Shaw took on a Newtonian drawl when he played Quint in “Jaws”. Adopting a strong west country accent is historically accurate for a movie about seafarers set in the 18th century. Whereas seamen from the north and east of the British isles traded with Scandinavia and continental Europe, the south western seamen preferred to trade with the Americas and the Caribbean. They became privateers during times of war (as with Captain Morgan) and sometimes resorted to piracy during times of peace. It is sad that regional accents are disappearing from England these days. It is our job to shout “Yaarrgghhhhh!” whenever we can whilst drinking beer, eating pasta and getting laid. What’s not to like?

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Yaaaaahrrrr……. arghhhhh….. YAAARGHHHHHH!

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