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Avast, me hearties! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It's time to break out yer eye patches and shoulder parrots and start talkin' like pirates.
For the quick version of how to talk like one of these pillaging sailors, say "Arrrr" and "matey" a lot, as well as replacing yer words "you" with "ye," "my" with "me," and "your" with "yer." And of course, don't forget yer British accent and make sure ye slur all yer words together. Using a slew of creative threats will make it even better. If ye need a model to help ye out, Captain Barbossa and the other pirates aboard the Black Pearl are phenomenal at this speech, so be sure to take a few hints from the crew.
To help ye get some inspiration, here is a list of me favorite conversations and quotes in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl that best encapsulate the pirate vernacular. Arrr!
10) Barbossa: I want 50 per cent of ye plunder.
Jack Sparrow: 15.
9) Barbossa: So what now, Jack Sparrow? Are we to be two immortals locked in an epic battle until Judgment Day and trumpets sound?
Jack Sparrow: Or you could surrender.
8) Jack Sparrow: Well, then, I confess, it is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer my weasely black guts out.
7) Jack Sparrow: Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid.
6) Pintel: [opens door of the closet] 'Ello, Poppet.
5) Jack Sparrow: The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do. For instance, you can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man or you can't. But pirate is in your blood, boy, so you'll have to square with that some day. And me, for example, I can let you drown, but I can't bring this ship into Tortuga all by me onesies, savvy? So, can you sail under the command of a pirate, or can you not?
4)Barbossa: Me holds are burstin' with swag. That bit of shine matters to us? Why?
Elizabeth: It's what you've been searching for. I recognized the ship. I saw it eight years ago on the crossing from England.
3) Mr. Gibbs: Jack. You should know better than to wake a man when he's sleepin'. Its bad luck.
Jack Sparrow: Fortunately, I know how to counter it; the man who did the waking buys the man who was sleeping a drink; the man who was sleeping drinks it while listening to a proposition from the man who did the waking.
Mr. Gibbs: Aye, that'll about do it.
2) Elizabeth: Captain Barbossa, I am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal.
Barbossa: There are a lot of long words in there, Miss; we're naught but humble pirates. What is it that you want?
Elizabeth: I want you to leave and never come back.
Barbossa: I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means "no."
1) Mr. Gibbs: Curse ya for breathin,' ya slack-jawed idiot!
Did we miss any of yer favorite moments? Visit the Talk Like a Pirate website to learn more phrases.
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