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Tomorrow You'll Pay A Buccaneer For Corn?

By Paul Majendie
Tue Sep 18, 11:09 AM ET

Put a parrot on your shoulder, strap on a peg leg, hit the rum and start bellowing "Shiver me Timbers" -- Wednesday is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

"Pirates of the Caribbean" star Johnny Depp is not the only over-the-top buccaneer allowed to have fun.

September 19 is your once-a-year chance to don an eye patch, sport a ridiculously large hat and keep on saying "Arrrrr.

It all started back in the 1990s as a cult joke between two American friends -- John "Ol Chumbucket" Baur and Mark "Capn Slappy" Summers -- but really took off when syndicated columnist Dave Barry got to hear about their surreal festival.

"We tap into that need for whimsy in people's lives," Summers says of the 24-hour celebration of quirkiness when they urge all self-respecting swashbucklers to show "pirattitude."

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAPD), which adopted Treasure Island star Robert Newton as its patron saint, now attracts fans from as far afield as Britain and Australia and even boasts a special Wikipedia site on the Internet.

The day even has its own unofficial anthem -- American Tom Smith has written and recorded "Talk Like a Pirate Day" -- and Canadian sketch comedy troupe Loading Ready Run produced an educational video on how to swashbuckle with the best of them.

Ol Chumbucket and Capn Slappy are bombarded with requests for TLAPD interviews and proudly boast on their own website that they are even now being immortalized in computer games.

"That's fairly cool and geeky," Ol Chumbucket decided.

Pirate fans around the world have rallied round, showing that surreal silliness is alive and well.

An American soldier stationed in Iraq promised that "to celebrate, myself and others will wear an eye patch all day."

Sydney, Australia is staging a harbor cruise with "flagons of grog at pub prices and prizes to treasure for the dandiest of outfits."

A bar in Venice, Italy is holding an olive stone-spitting contest for would-be buccaneers.

A Brazilian fan even sent a letter of support in a bottle while one overjoyed Argentinian whose birthday falls on the same day said "It will be difficult to talk in Spanish like pirates but we will try."

Pirate Words & Phrases To Use Today

"Ahoy, har's a Pirate Speak translator. Ye'll ne'er get me buried booty!"

Instead of saying "Drink!" for the drinking questions, say "Argh!! Where's me grog?"

"Shiver me timbers!!"

"Aaargh! Aye matey, ye bein' a humblin' farrow! I swan. "

Make it a point to say Booty as much as possible today.

Call every woman you know Wench.

"Thrice them about the starboard gumbrills when sailing by and large..."

"Thar she blows!" - The pirate equivalent of "Whoop, there it is!".





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NachoBaby

Sep 19 @ 9:40AM  
Yaaaaaaaaaaargh! Good Mornin', Lookin', ye be lookin' lovely today! Let`s go t' th' pub an' drink some grog today!
Ya lily livered scurvy dog!
lifeizabitch

Sep 19 @ 9:52AM  
and the word booty means something totally different
Looking4ever

Sep 19 @ 9:53AM  
Whoopsie! Meant to add this link...

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/howto.html

Yaaaaaaaaaaargh! Good Mornin', Lookin', ye be lookin' lovely today! Let`s go t' th' pub an' drink some grog today!
Ya lily livered scurvy dog!

Arrr! It's off to the pub I am with ye, me buxom beauty! We'll listen to some hornpipe and look for men with real yardarms! Mayhaps we'll let them sample our treasures!
casuallylooking

Sep 19 @ 10:05AM  
psst, Sam, I think you were supposed to call her a wench. lol
Put a parrot on your shoulder, strap on a peg leg, hit the rum and start bellowing "Shiver me Timbers
don an eye patch, sport a ridiculously large hat and keep on saying "Arrrrr.
Okay, but I better put 911 on speed dial first. Cause if I have a peg leg and rum, the parrot and I are both going to the ER. Timber will be what happens and arrrr probably isn't the word that's going to come out of my mouth afterwards....

But actually I think this sounds hilarious and like it could be fun.....or at least funny.
Kudos, L4E
NachoBaby

Sep 19 @ 10:10AM  
Aye Matey, then we'll skuttle those bounders and take their booty!
Looking4ever

Sep 19 @ 10:13AM  


That's quite a cutlass ye got thar, what ye need is a good scabbard! I've crushed seventeen men's skulls between me thighs!
ThomasDaCat

Sep 19 @ 10:13AM  
Arrrrrrrrrrrrg Matey, I've no interest in yer grog, but I'd love a wee taste of that parrot on your shoulder! Or if y've a female ratter on the shit, I'd love to slid me cutless into her scabbord!
ThomasDaCat

Sep 19 @ 10:14AM  
oops, that'd be ship, not shit... freaking hard to type without opposable thumbs
casuallylooking

Sep 19 @ 10:19AM  
oops, that'd be ship, not shit... freaking hard to type without opposable thumbs
PrincessKissy

Sep 19 @ 10:19AM  
Well, yeah, duffus, ya misspelled slide too..

Tis no wonder y've always had to rape and pillage to get anywhere with the lasses!
Pudge2you

Sep 19 @ 10:48AM  
I'm definitely partial to "Thar she blows" and "blow me down...there"
Ewe_Wish

Sep 19 @ 12:42PM  
Put a parrot on your shoulder,
but alex the parrot is dead!









jezzarae

Sep 19 @ 3:12PM  







........ Where's the grog gone???
coltsfootball

Sep 19 @ 5:41PM  
It's A Damn Shame When The People Of This Country Have Nothing Better To Do Than Honor Stupid Shit Like This....No Disrespect To The Poster But I Am Sure There Are More Important Things To Honor Than This Crap......And Let Me Say Now.....For Those That Don't Like My Opinion...KISS MY ASS
bandengor

Sep 19 @ 6:22PM  
Wow, something to add to my gee whiz file, shiver me timbers!
Redhead131

Sep 19 @ 8:50PM  
It's A Damn Shame When The People Of This Country Have Nothing Better To Do Than Honor Stupid Shit Like This

Actually nobody is honoring anything... it was a day started by two guys joking around using pirate slang while they were playing racquetball one day. They had so much fun they mentioned it to friends and it was born, It has grown popular with people I think because it is fun and silly. And you are certainly entitled to your opinion but I feel sorry for you because you apparently don't have a sense of humor.
ynot7769

Sep 19 @ 9:40PM  


I'm definitely partial to "Thar she blows" and "blow me down...there"

good blog but hell i'm with Pudge on this one....
coltsfootball

Sep 20 @ 5:03AM  
I feel sorry for you because you apparently don't have a sense of humor.
Don't Feel Sorry For Me....I Laugh When I Think That Something Is Funny.....And All Though I Still Don't Care What People Think About Me....I Do Care About The Author's Feelings...I Should Of Been More Supportive Instead Of Opening My Mouth And For That I'm Sorry...... Should I Walk The Plank Looking?
bentan

Sep 20 @ 7:17AM  
Arrrr Colts y' salty sea dog Looking be heavin' thee overboard to slumber wit'em gilled ones this a merry nite.
Looking4ever

Sep 20 @ 8:06AM  
I Should Of Been More Supportive Instead Of Opening My Mouth And For That I'm Sorry...... Should I Walk The Plank Looking?

I'm aye you can find a way t' make it up t' me, you bilge rat
Redhead131

Sep 20 @ 3:08PM  
Colts.... sorry if that came across really harsh. I was having a bad day and your comment rubbed me the wrong way. I was having problems with my 13 year old and I took it out on you, so please accept my apology. I do believe everybody is entitled to their opinion on things, and my opinion is that it's fun to talk like a pirate....
rulookin4alikkin

Nov 23 @ 11:31AM  
ARRRRRR you doing anything this weekend??
paradox110

Dec 23 @ 11:20PM  
Arr...If I get me hands on yer booty, I'll shiver yer timbers.

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