Avast, me hearties! There are many holidays in America, from New Year to Christmas. Many have rich, historical traditions steeped in myth and lore. NOT this one :). Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! If you absolutely NEED an explanation of how it all came about, you can see it on the Wikipedia. For the rest of us (those who just follow trends blindly and faithfully) it is enough to know that TODAY IS IT!
If you go out today you should, NAY, you are required to “Talk Like a Pirate”. Instead of the traditional greeting of Hello, you must say Ahoy. Other examples (taken from the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day web site) include:
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!
Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.
Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!
So, when you go out today, remember to Talk Like a Pirate!!! And have a flagon of your best grog to help enjoy the day!