Don’t forget! September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! For details, visit:

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

One of the lessons we learn in sociology is that anyone can try to make up anything (like words such as “chickenjagging”). The success of such creations, however, is in the hands of others who either take and run with them or let them be until they whither away.

Pirate talk day is one of those made up things that seems to actually have legs. The story behind it is pretty funny and is available here and involves a couple of guys, racketball, a (now ex-) wife, humorist Dave Barry, and more. Now there are tons of related websites (as any google search will show). Boingboing.net gathered a few related links here.

And one of the lessons I learned from perusing such sites: Arrr! is not the same as Arrrgghh! Here’s the note from the official site:

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!

A video language primer is available here.

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