Shanay Jackson (Captain Cliff), Jordan Bird (Captain James) and Cherryella Fields (Captain Slapeys-Crew) get into the spirit of International Talk Like a Pirate Day at Tin Can Bay State School yesterday.
Shanay Jackson (Captain Cliff), Jordan Bird (Captain James) and Cherryella Fields (Captain Slapeys-Crew) get into the spirit of International Talk Like a Pirate Day at Tin Can Bay State School yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Avast there hearties!

AVAST there, me hearties!

Arrr, but ye’ll all be celebratin’ a very important and very amusingly meaningless occasion tomorrow – for no reason except that it’s fun – International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The occasion is celebrated all round the world on September 19 – and there’s no particularly good reason at all behind the date either.

This “no particular reason” stuff is in large part what makes it the funnest day in the international calendarrr.

But because it falls on a Sunday this year, which is not usually a school day, the students and staff at Tin Can Bay P10 state school decided to start getting in the mood yesterday, with lots of pirate costumes and lots of serious preliminary pirate talk – Arrrr!

So, unless you want to walk the plank, the Cap’n suggests you get in the mood with the following official Pirate Day song:

“I’m a pirate, that I be.

I sail me ship upon the sea.

I stay up late ’til half-past-three.

And that’s a peg below me knee.”

There’s even an Australian Talk Like a Pirate Day cruise but it’s down in Sydney (or Port Jackson, as the pirates know it), on which people are encouraged to celebrate “Talkin Like a Pirate Day Down Undaaaaarrrr”.

The whole thing started with an otherwise innocent game of racquetball in 1995 when two blokes (or “guys,” as the Americans say) found themselves using pirate slang, after someone strained themselves and yelled out: “Arrr!” (or so they say).

That was allegedly followed by: “That be a fine cannonade” and “Now watch me fire a broadside straight into your yardarm.” And other helpful messages.

The date was the birthday of the ex-wife of one of them and it was the only date he could remember that wasn’t Christmas, Easter or some sacred or sporting event.

So talk like a pirate tomorrow, or ye can walk the plank!

Gympie Times


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