ARRR!!!! It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This is one of my favorite days in the office every year.

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Being an office that consists mostly of 20-something guys, Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fun day.  There are a lot of “Arrrr”s, several “Avasts!”, and a handful of “scurvy dogs” throughout the day.  In case you are wanting to join in the Talk Like a Pirate festivities, here are some pointers on how to talk like a pirate.

If you find the link above too difficult to master,  here are some examples you might be more familiar with.

Dread Pirate Roberts

The Dread Pirate RobertsThe Dread Pirate Roberts is suave.  He has a sweet mustache, and he wields a sword well.  In order to talk like this pirate, you need to say such things as:

Captain James T. Hook

Dustin Hoffman as Captain HookEveryone knows Captain Hook.  After all, “what would the world be like without Captain James T. Hook?”  In order to be an effective Hook, you must have a hook for a hand, a sweet mustache, and talk about “form” a lot.  In order to talk like Captain Hook you need to:

  • Say “Bad form!”
  • Chant Rufio before you kill anyone
  • Use big words that your pirate underlings don’t understand

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

This unhygienic pirate has dominated pirate-lore of late.  Jack Sparrow is simultaneously suave and gross, seemingly drunk and brilliant.  In order to talk like him:

  • Say “Savvy” a lot
  • Always bring up rum. It is always the best topic of conversation
  • Talk with your hands twirling about.

Now, you might have an aversion to talking like a pirate, because after all pirates are pirates.  They are terrible excuses for human beings that rob, kill, destroy, and don’t get enough vitamin C.  If you are looking for a more honorable pirate to emulate, I suggest Roberto Clemente.

Roberto Clemente PiratesRoberto Clemente was a great guy that died helping people.  Based on this picture, I think he could take on any of the other pirates in hand-to-hand combat as well.  If you want to be like Roberto Clemente today, do something charitable.

Until later me maties!