The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 73 (probably), Sept. 16. 2009
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2 Days (and a few hours) Until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

In this issue

The Return of Jack Sparrow!

For those of you who missed it (like me, for instance) last week Disney confirmed what we've all been talking about for two years.

In summer 2011, Captain Jack Sparrow returns to the screen in "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides." There's not been much else said officially, other than that Johnny Depp will indeed be staggering gracefully across the screen as Sparrow. But it has been pointed out that "On Stranger Tides" is also the name of a pirate novel by Tim Powers. Based on the few rumors we've heard – that the story will feature Jack Sparrow in search of the Fountain of Youth and the fountain also is a main theme in the Powers novel – we've got to assume there's a connection.

We'll have more on this as we learn anything. And if you hear anything with a ring of authenticity (not, "This guy on myspace heard it from a blogger on typepad" etc.) please pass it on.

Calling All Pirates! Get Out the Vote

Studio City Tattoos in Los Angeles is the finest purveyor of skin ink in Southern California. It's the establishment of our great friend Clay (also known as Captain Talderoy) and the only place where Cap’n Slappy and I would think of getting inked. And they need yer help.

There’s this big online competition every year, “Best in L.A.” And Studio City has won the title of “Best Tattoo Parlor in L.A.” a couple of times a few years back, but lately they keep finishing second to a parlor best known for being the dysfunctional crew on a certain “reality” TV show you might have seen. And it doesn’t help that this year Studio City has been put on the second page of entries, way down at the bottom! So it’s time for pirates to fight back!

Go to the FoxLA Web site and scroll down to Studio City Tattoo, and cast yer vote. You’ll have to register, but it’s easy, relatively painless and for a good cause –making sure that pirates resume their rightful place in the natural order of things, on top!

Another State Heard From

No sooner had I sent The Poopdeck Issue 72 calling out several states for not having announced any piratey parties, than one of them wrote in. Our e-mails passed each other on the way like ships in the night, or ships in mid-morning to be more exact.

There IS at least one pirate party in the Peach State, a pub crawl in Decatur. Go to our Web site’s Calendaarrr at for the details on this and scores of other buccaneer bashes all around the globe!

A Note for Beginners

Saturday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and most of you know what to do.

But what about beginners? What about those who’ve never babbled like buccaneers, cursed like corsairs, or fumed like freebooters? How do you do this thing called pirate talk?

Here are a couple of handy hints, courtesy of The Pirate Guys.

* Me hearties – This is your basic starter kit for pirate palaver. Tack this phrase on the end of every sentence and your on your way to talking like a pirate. “I’ll have a pepperoni pizza, me hearties.” “Fill it with regular, me hearties.” “Turn your head and cough, me hearties!” You get the idea.

* Remember the Five A’s. These five words that are the glue that hold pirate talk together. They are:

-- Ahoy – Hello
-- Avast! – Stand and give attention, or more simply, listen up!
-- Aye – I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.
-- Aye Aye – Yes boss, I’ll get right on that.

And of course –

-- Aarrr! (Not aarrgh. That’s the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin.) Aarrr is extremely flexible, the blunderbuss of your filibuster vocabulary. Load it up under any circumstances and let fly. Basically “Aaarrr” means whatever you want it to mean. It can mean, among other things, “Pour me a tankard of ale,” “I am well satisfied with this cheeseburger,” “Excuse me, old chap, but I’d rather you not look at my girlfriend that way,” or “Hey everybody! Look at me! I'm talking like a pirate!”

Basically, “Aarrr” means, “I’m here and alive!”

So there you have it. Now sit down and watch a couple of Robert Newton movies for your advance work, or read our books – “Pirattitude! So You Want to Be a Pirate, here’s How” and “The Pirate Life: Unleashing your Inner Buccaneer” available from our site – and you’ll be all set for Saturday. And the rest of your life.

Seeking French Talking Pirate

François Bourbonnais is radio host for the morning show on Quebec, Canada, station. Or, as he puts it, he’s the “animateur de l’émission ‘Bonjour la côte.’” Whatever. Anyway, he wants to interview a pirate – in French – on his show. That lets out me and Slappy. So if there’s anyone out there who fits the bill, get hold o’ François by sending him an e-mail to You might just end up on the air with him!

The holiday is almost here, so you'll be hearing from me again right soon.

- Ol' Chumbucket, editor

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