Today is International Talk like a Pirate Day. The “holiday” began in 1955 as a joke between friends and has evolved into a day of all things pirate, well, maybe not quite all. While learning pirate terms and dressing up may be fun, walking the plank is probably not the best idea.
Early in 1995, friends and Oregon residents Mark Summers and John Baur started talking like pirates. They had so much fun that they decided to share their fun with the world. They created a holiday where participants would spend the day talking like a pirate and releasing their inner buccaneer. After popular columnist Dave Barry spotlighted the day in 2002, the movement took off and local media outlets across the country began to cover pirate events.
Talking like a pirate may be a fun way to celebrate. Here are some tips:
* Start right away by dropping your "g's" - as in sailin' or drinkin'.
* Avoid any pronunciation of "r's" so that "ever" becomes "e'er", and "never" becomes "ne'er".
* If all else fails, begin every other sentence with a scowl and a hearty... "aarrgh."
Check out this site for more pirate talk.
Look here to find out about pirate food.
Piracy was a problem thousands of years before the Spanish began to bring gold, silver, and other treasures from the New World back to Spain. Men sailed the seas as pirates when countries began to cross the Oceans and Seas to trade goods with each other. There were powerful pirates that sailed the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. These pirates set up a large pirate nation in Cilicia. Cilicia is now part of the country of Turkey. Barbary corsairs controlled the western part of the Mediterranean. Vikings were brave and strong pirates. They sailed all over the Atlantic Ocean, but especially terorized the European coastlines. Piracy was also active in the waters surrounding Asia. As ships were built bigger and better and men became braver, piracy began to spread into the New World.
Modern day piracy is no joke and nothing to celebrate. Ships, especially near Africa, have been hijacked and people have been kidnapped and killed. Often modern day pirates are desperate soldiers or mercenaries from countries that are desperately poor. A new movie is due out in October about Somali pirates. It stars Tom Hanks. Captain Phillips tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Phillips spent three days as a hostage of the Somali pirates before being rescued by Navy SEALs in a raid.
Pirate: A pirate is really a robber who steals from other ships out at sea.
Privateer: A privateer was a captain of a ship that attacked and captured other ships and stole valuable items from them. A privateer was not considered to be a true pirate because they were given special licenses called a Letter of Marque from a nations government. Of course they were hunted down and punished as pirates by the countries who they stole from. Many of these captains who were sent out to capture pirates soon became pirates themselves. They saw how much money a pirate made and could not resist the chance of getting rich.
Corsair: A corsair is a French seaman or privateer who sailed mostly in the South Mediterranean Sea.
Sea robbers:- These pirates roamed the open seas and were not loyal to any particular government, but only wanted to capture riches for themselves.
Ruthless robbers: - Most pirates who earned this nickname were very cruel and did not care if they killed their victims. They just wanted to be rich and tried to get rich by stealing as much as they could and left no witnesses.
Buccaneers: These pirates were made up of a group of men from Holland, England, France, and another group of pirates called the Barbary corsairs who were chased out of the Barbary Coast when merchant captains from France and England got tired of being captured and robbed by the French Corsairs. They went to the island of Hispaniola and lived with the Indians there. The Indians used special knives called "boucans" The pirates began to sail the Caribbean Sea and used the boucan knife as a weapon. It became the favorite weapon of these pirates of the Caribbean and they were eventually given the name of buccaneer. The name buccaneer came from them using the boucan knife. The Caribbean Sea became known as the Spanish Main. The time between 1519 and 1780 was known as the Golden Age of Piracy.
Pirate Day can be fun and an interesting way to expand knowledge of history and delve into current events. Although often romanticized, piracy is a dangerous and serious crime that rarely results in a positive ending for the pirates.
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