Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Arrr! It be talk like a pirate day!

Arrr! As you surely know, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So even if you be a land lubber, today be your chance to unleash your inner pirate!

If you be needin' some help in the pirate speak area, I be providin' the handy reference guide below taken from this pirate-y web site:

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr.

So avast, me hearties! If you be needin' to know more about how Talk Like a Pirate Day came into bein' read this column by land lubber, Dave Barry.

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