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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Guest Author - Susan Alison

There’s nothing quite like doing something completely different to fill your wells of creativity.

How about speaking differently? The way you speak affects you from the inside out – from the way you think about what’s going to come out of your mouth all the way through to actually hearing yourself say it and to seeing how other people respond. That is, if you’re saying it to other people.

If you’re speaking like a pirate you might not want to speak to other people… On the other hand, speaking like a pirate to people who aren’t expecting it can produce some startling and worthwhile results.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is on Saturday 19th September and is a great excuse for doing something completely different, letting your hair down and freeing up your inner child. The results in terms of spreading lightheartedness to other areas of your life, including your creativity, can be amazing.

Just practicing saying, ‘Arrrr’ makes me smile. (And it makes Monty-dog worried, but he’ll get over it.)

It was started in 1995 by friends John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), that is, The Pirate Guys, and the idea of it has become so popular that it’s developed into an international phenomenon which gets bigger and bigger every year.

On this day you can call your friends ‘yellow-bellied sapsuckers’ – or stick with ‘matey’ if you’re feeling kind. You can go round saying, ‘Dead men don’t bite’ and ‘Shiver me timbers’ and it’s perfectly okay.

This day is supported by many and various people all over the world. It’s even found favor with Pastifarians who belong to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster* – one of their beliefs is that the decrease of pirates worldwide is one of the causes of global warming. So, you see, The Pirate Guys are even helping out with environmental issues.

Amongst the laughs the Pirates do a lot of good, for example, the Pirates for Parkinson’s are walks taking place all over the world to raise awareness of the disease and funds for the research of it.

On the website (link below), there are various activities and resources including to their book and to fun things like finding your inner pirate and your pirate name.

My pirate name is Dread Pirate Bonney – apparently I have a keen head for business. Hmmm – when’s that going to put in an appearance?

While we’re thinking of pirates, let’s think of parrots as well - why not cut out a parrot shape from card, throw some paint at it and some feathers and sparkly bits and stick it to your shoulder.

Yeah, I reckon you should go for it. Talk like a pirate for a day. You’ll feel a lot better for it.

Arrrr, me hearties,

Dread Pirate Bonney
This is The Pirate Guys website

And here’s the first (and best) book:


PS Inspired by the whole idea of talking like a pirate I’m going to make my next few ACEOs pirate dogs. I’ll post them when I’ve painted them, either in here or on the forum.

*By the way, I just thought I’d add in a disclaimer here – I’m not in the slightest bit interested in any of FSM’s beliefs in anything except the pirates bit. I don’t know what else they believe or don’t believe. This entire article is merely an exercise in lightheartedness; it’s nothing to do with belief systems.
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