09/19/12

Arrr you Arrrmed with pirate lingo? International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! Today marks the 10th Anniversay of International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It’s only fitting that we acknowledge Blackbeard’s stint in the waters off of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands by amusing ourselves and our friends by talking like a pirate instead of ye ol’ landlubber!

On June 6, 1995, friends John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) began using pirate lingo while playing a game of racquetball and were having so much fun that they then decided to parlay this phenomenon into a new world holiday. The date Sept. 19 was chosen because it was Mark’s ex-wife’s birthday, and the only date that came to mind at the time, besides Christmas and Superbowl Sunday, which were obviously already taken.

The first seven Talk Like a Pirate Days were celebrated amongst Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy and their closest friends. The two friends soon realized it would be a great idea to spread the word of this fine day and make it official. National humor columnist, Dave Barry, received word of the holiday and paid homage to it in a 2002 column. Avast! Talk Like a Pirate Day started gaining international appeal!

HOW TO TALK LIKE A PIRATE
Check out this list of terms and phrases and be sure to partake in International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Ahoy!- “Hello”
Avast!- Stop and give attention or used as a sense of surprise. “No way!”
Aye- “Yes, I agree.”
Arr!- There are many meanings such as, “Yes.” “I agree.” “I’m happy.” “I’m enjoying…”
Shiver me timbers!- An exclamation of surprise, as when a ship hits something causing everything to shake.
Heave ho!- “Give it some muscle and push it!”
Thar she blows!- Signifies a whale sighting.
Shipshape- “Cleaned up and under control.”
Touch and go- Refers to briefly running aground, or two ships coming aboard to transfer mail or passengers, both risky propositions.
Pipe down- Most 18th century ships had a lights-out rule, indicated when the bosun’s pipe sounded. Even pirate ships had a set time when those who were not on watch were expected to go to bed.
Mind your Ps and Qs- Refers to tavern keepers who would extend credit to sailors and would keep track of how many pints or quarts of ale their customers consumed.
Batten down the hatches- Saying used to let everyone aboard know to put everything away on the ship and to tie everything down because a storm is brewing.

Now, that ye ol’ pirate vocabulary is in shipshape, go out there and spread the word of this fun-filled holiday!

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum offers free summer activities

Island quilting traditions, canvasback decoy construction, the Civil War on Hatteras Island, children’s crafts, stories by the sea, maritime heritage speakers and even a birthday party for Blackbeard are some of the free activities at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum (www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com) in Hatteras village for this summer.

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