Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Okay, I have to admit it. This ranks right up there among my favorite holidays.

Weird, I know.

But I couldn't let the day go by without telling y'all about one of my favorite "research" books: The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas. This book is awesome. It has chapters on epithets, toasts, proclamations, threats, commands, oaths, questions & replies, and even parts of speech. If you're a fan of pirates, a writer of pirates (like me), a reader of pirates, a watcher of pirate movies, The Dread Pirate Roberts, or just someone who has a thing for Captain Jack Sparrow, you'll get a kick out of this handy reference tool... at least once a year. That's right: September 19th: International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I've had this book for a few years now and it has come in handy. Once, for instance, my husband (the elementary principal) was asked to dress up like a pirate for a family reading event at his school. Thanks to me owning this book (which he carried around with him all night for quick reference) he was able to stay perfectly in character and come up with some delightful quips that made for fun for all.

Here's a LINK
to the fun Writers Digest interview
with author George Choundas
Well, for all but the math teacher who said, "Why would anyone have a book like that?" (MATH teacher, remember?)

To which my dear hubby replied, "My wife's a writer. And she has a thing for pirates." After a comment like that, I'm sure there were a few rumors flying about the possibility that we might have a costume closet. Which, actually, we do. But not for the purposes that might have been implied in those rumors. We're both community theater people. But that's another story...

Anyway, for you writers out there -- as well as moms, and fans of all things Johnny Depp -- I thought I'd let you in on my secret research book of fun: The Pirate Primer. Get it. Read it. And be prepared to laugh a lot. And to be amazed at the amount of research that went into this thing. Seriously. Every word or phrase has a literary or film reference with characters, authors, page numbers... it's awesome.

So... happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties! In the words of Benjamin Trigg in Adam Penfeather, Bucaneer, "Let us forthwith toss a pot, twirl a can, and drain a beaker to..." all things pirate! And may yer treasure not include a noose and yer hull be filled with what'ere most moves yer heart.  (Pirate talk taken directly or adapted from The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues)

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