One of my favorite holidays of the year is coming up, Talk Like a Pirate Day is Tuesday, Sept. 19. So haul up your mizzenmast, bitches, and prepare to be boarded. The day is the brainchild of two scurvy dogs who freely admit it is nothing but a bucket of hornswoggle. I think every long time group of friends probably has some inside joke that helps bond the scallywags together and this has all the markings of being one. Sadly, their website that originated the madness is no longer. One assumes it now rests in Davy Jones locker.
There's a number of helpful sites that will get even the lamest of landlubbers in ship shape. I have to say the quality of the pirate name generators (here's one that's OK) has declined. Diane von Austinburg was in town for the festivities a couple of years ago and we spent an amusing evening crafting pirate names for ourselves. Mine is Deadman McStubby and my ship is the feared Barnacle Bucket. Cast your peepers on our sails and weep, you yellow-bellied cur.
So greet your fellow hearties by shouting "avast!" and tell the humpy barista to surrender his booty because it's Talk Like a Pirate Day. Aargh.
Buccaneers with whom I wouldn't mind sharing the poop deck.