Talk Like a Pirate Day has now surpassed April Fool’s Day as one of my family’s favorite holidays. Like contemporary Lords of Misrule, the founders of TLPD, Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket, invite us to glory, for 24 hours, in playfulness, trickery, and tomfoolery. What does this have to do with writing, you may ask? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. Every time we sit down in front of our computers or that blank piece of paper, it seems as if we are engaging in very deep play, fooling around with sound, tricking words into becoming whole new worlds.
So, today you might celebrate the rascal that informs your writer’s soul. Don an eye patch or black out a tooth or two as you work (or take a break, climb into your piratical duds, and head to Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut).
To get you started, the Talk Like a Pirate Day website http://www.tallklikeapirateday.com includes
1. favorite pirate words.
2. an English-to-Pirate online translator (perfect for the annual Christmas letter).
3. history of this illustrious holiday.
4. links to all things piratical.
Here’s a brief video tutorial on saying Arrr from the pirates of the movie “Black Sails.”