Avast! Talk Like A Pirate Day has arrived and it's a serious proposition that's truly international in nature. In fact, this annual celebration, held Sept. 19 every year according to the official site representing this holiday loved by drunken sailors and landlubbers alike, is enjoyed around the world and in a variety of languages.
So why is this important?
Because the terms you need to throw around vary with the languages of the lands in which you happen to be combing.
So, if you're in an English speaking nation, try to converse while working in words like "ahoy!" and "avast!" and even "aye aye!" Oh, and even an occasional "arrr!" too, all of these terms spoken by showing that an explanation point follows each utterance of the moment.
In places where German is spoken, if you want to refer to a ship that is about to be plundered, refer to the vessel as a "priese" and if you want to talk to a random parrot you may just come across on Talk Like A Pirate Day, call this feathered friend a "papagel."
Meanwhile, Dutch speaking countries are in the groove for Talk Like A Pirate Day 2013 as well. In fact, if you happen to be wandering in or near these waters, bring up words like "valreep"-- which means the dreaded plank -- or "entertaak," which means a grappling hook.
That said, if you are in Norway, just use your English terms (most Norwegians are bi-lingual) but get ye to the current gathering place for Viking pirates who once reigned over northern waters.
Indeed, these naughty seasfarers plundered the coasts and raided the rivers in days of yore, but these days the same blokes are remember in Oslo's Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, a great spot for Viking regalia of all kinds.
And so mateys, now you're ready to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day 2013 in many ways in many outposts around the world. And if you're just headed out, all we can say is "Happy landings!" Yo ho ho ho ho!