Avast Ye Land Lubbers!

I`ve always loved swashbucklers. As a kid I used t' pick up stick an' make like I be sailin' th' high seas, plunderin' me way across th' Spanish Main.

It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and in honour of the scurvy dogs of yore, I’ve decided to explore my obsession. I don’t know where it started really. I do recall having pirates Lego – how odd that a company made kids toys out of murderers and rapists – and I’m pretty sure I saw an Errol Flynn movie with him as a pirate, but I don’t recall which one.

While in Disneyland I went on the pre-Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean ride (and later thought it would make a terrible movie). I saw the Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance during high school. In university I sat in a friend’s dorm room playing Sid Mier’s Pirates for hours when I should have been studying. I went Friggin’ in the Rigging with the Sex Pistols and was Rhymin’ and Stealin’ with the Beastie Boys.

Pirate movies haven’t fared as well. Geena Davis’ Cutthroat Island was one of the biggest movie bombs of all time, reportedly making pack only 10% of the budget at the box office and dragging down a studio as it sunk. The ‘90s also saw Muppet Treasure Island and Hook, none of which added much to the mythology. In fact Cutthroat scared everyone else off until Depp signed on the Captain Sparrow, the worst pirate you’ve ever heard of.

So how about some time-wasting links?

• Learn how to talk like a pirate.

• Get your own pirate name. I’m either the Dread Pirate Bonney, Buckaneer Sylvester or Pirate Walt the Back-Stabber, depending on which generator I used.

• And for a true time-sucker, translate your entire site into pirate lingo.


  1. Carrie GalsworthySeptember 20, 2006

    Was 'Pirates' one of the games you would play until 4:00 am? Our undergrad years are quickly becoming a blur... I did a google for old friends this morning and found you. Drop me a line if you have time with all your blogging, etc. (galswocl@muohio.edu)

  2. I must admit that I've always had an obsession with pirates myself. I think I've seen nearly every pirate movie ever made (even the bad ones). I also remember when I was a kid there were two competing companies that came out with pirate action figures at the same time. And I remember The Pirates of the Caribbean model kits (this was a good thirty years before the movies came out). Right now I'm looking forward to getting the new version of Sid Meier's Pirates. Guess I just haven't quite grown up yet... LOL.

  3. Carrie! A longer message to follow later. Every game we played those days could last until 4 a.m. and often did. And isn't undergrad supposed to be a blur?

    Mecurie - growing up is vastly overrated.

  4. Argh! I can't believe I missed Pirate Day.

  5. Y'arrr. With the proper puffy shirt, or bit torrent client, everyday is pirate day...

  6. I was always fascinated more by Space Pirates myself, seeing as I am of a more science fiction bent and all.

  7. Another link to pop culture, the guy who originated Pirate Day and who coined the term 'pirattitude' was on quite a feisty episode of Wife Swap...and, yes, I watched it...it was actually a great show. Naturally they paired the pirates with an uber organized, suburban fam w/OCD. Mighty good television watching, ye mateys!