September 19, 2002
National Talk Like A Pirate Day

Today is National Talk Like A Pirate Day. Too bad we don't have a staff meeting, this could have come in handy.

You can also find out your Pirate Name. Here's mine:

Captain James Rackham

Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

Today is also my baby brother's 30th birthday. Happy birthday, Michael! Welcome to your fourth decade. Your AARP membership card is in the mail.

And hey, if talking like a pirate isn't enough fun, you can always white-boy rap like a pirate.

You're gonna swing from the gallows if you don't stop the killin'...
You'd better eat all your lemons or else you'll be illin'

Is this a great country or what?

(Thanks to Liz, Katy, and Angelo from the Roundtable list for pointing this out to me.)

UPDATE: Andrew Northrup has an excellent rapper-to-pirate translation table.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 19, 2002 to Websurfing

I did the name thing and found out that I am "Long Jonathan Silverman" ... didn't notice any Jewish questions there. Strange.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on September 19, 2002 11:25 AM

Blistering barnacles! Do try to be a bit clearer when you write the treasure map this time. Eagles Cross, indeed.

Posted by: Captain Haddock on September 19, 2002 12:47 PM


Posted by: David Steinhauer on October 1, 2003 9:11 PM

We be saying Yarr, not Arr on my boat, maties. The only time I be saying Arr is in "Arr, this be me stand". Yarr.

Posted by: Mad Sam Bonney on October 3, 2003 2:38 PM

This is FANTASTIC! i had no idea about it. Now i'm gonna talk like a pirate all day! ARR!

Thanx xxx

Posted by: Crazy G! on September 19, 2005 6:52 AM

Milk arrg

Posted by: The Main Pirate on September 19, 2005 1:59 PM

mi name was Dread pirate bonney

Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to
make a profit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's
life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

woot woot, wut a freakin' awesome pirate!!!

Posted by: Dread Pirate Bonney on September 19, 2005 8:21 PM