Avast, me hearty maties! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!
For the uninitiated, a pair of Oregonians launched Talk Like a Pirate Day quite a few years ago, and well, it's taken off. They were even on ABC's obnoxious "Wife Swap" show last night. Anyway, play along. It'll be fun. Trust us.
So, how does one talk like a pirate? A few samples from the "How to Talk Like a Pirate" page...
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!
Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship.
Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land.
So... to make this a BlueOregon item... We're inviting BlueOregon readers to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day... What would Karen Minnis sound like if she talked like a pirate? What about Ron Saxton? Oooh, or maybe Bill Sizemore, Gordon Smith, or the real pirate... Howie Rich!
And, sure, let's make it bipartisan: What would pirates Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Ron Wyden, or Ted Kulongoski sound like?
Get on it, chumbucket!