Finally, Talk like a Pirate Day, has arrived with its exaggeration of accents by kids (and grownups) trying to impersonate Captain Hook!
Yo Ho Ho! And a bottle of rum! It’s the right time to copy the pirates down the ages from Captain Hook to Blackbeard and Long John Silver. All that rough and tough piracy talk is going to be celebrated on Talk like a Pirate Day.
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And that day in time is today, Friday, the 19th of September, 2014. By imitating the long line of seafaring predators, kids as well as adults can enjoy some free space to act out their fantasies.
Everyone ought to get in touch with his or her inner child and what better way than by parroting the proverbial “pieces of eight” spiel that made Long John Silver’s parrot famous in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island.
And this holiday is celebrated throughout the world. While preparations may include a hanger held in the hand as a symbol of Captain Hook and an eye patch, mostly it has to do with blustering speech that is both pompous and rudely arrogant in its nature.
The idea for this holiday got started almost two decades ago when two pals decided to just get up and begin a tradition in tomfoolery and buffoonery. Soon they had gathered quite a following of aficionados who lent kudos to the event by celebrating it annually.
And Lo and Behold! A cultural trend was born! The most famous meme that got generated via this holiday was the exclamation “Aarrr” which is a typical form of pirate-speak.
And while the real pirates of yore were a fearsome and dangerous lot, today the holiday is more of a way of letting loose some steam in a planet that is in the grips of a stilted and over-serious high civilization.
Everybody knows that too much formality stifles one’s instincts and impulses. So Talk like a Pirate Day may serve as a sort of safety valve for mental health in these stressful and superficial times we are living in.
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