The Grey Lodge Pub
Talk Like a Pirate Day
2009 International Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Grey Lodge
love Belgian beer, especially Belgian Strong Ales and Triples. (It's
true; look it up. OK even if it's not true, it should be). We'll have
both Belgian beers from Belgium and American Belgian style beers. The
featured beers will be available all day.
At 20 bells (8pm), we be havin a Talk Like a Pirate contest on our low'r deck. Wonderous prizes thar be! Brave
mates be assigned a poem t' translate t' Piratespeak, they
be. Treasure goes to the maties wit' best recitations .
Draft: Lost Abbey Devotion Ale, Dock Street Abbey Single
Maredsous Dubbel, Allagash Triple, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Piraat,
Victory Golden Monkey, Weyerbacher Merry Monks, Westmalle Triple
This Saturday, board our ship an' turn it on out!
is International Like a Pirate Day?
Two dudes decided that what the world really needed was a new national
holiday, Talk Like A Pirate Day. They
picked September 19th as the day.
do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
From talklikeapirate.com: "Talking like a pirate is fun. It's really
that simple. It gives your conversation a swagger, an elán,
denied to landlocked lubbers. Silliness is the holiday's best selling
are we celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day at The Grey
Glad ye asked. Avast, we will celebratin with a treasure chest o gold
gold beers that be. Arrr! Yo ho ho and a bottle (or two) of Belgian
beer, arrr! Also we have free, free, free eyepatches for any mateys
that piratespeak smartly. And free booty (another name for pirate
treasure, professor, get you mind out of yer bunghole) for any beauties
that happen upon our poopdeck!
bilge rat is to blame or to be praised for this travesty to happen here
at The Grey Lodge?
T’was Black Goat Andy Cliver that suggested it. Scoats saw it
an opportunity to be annoying AND to drink very tasty golden beers.
How to Talk Like a Pirate
(like a bonny pirate, we stoles this from somewares)
lingo is rich and
complicated, sort of like a good stew. But if you just want a quick
fix, a surface gloss, a "pirate patina," here are the five basic words
that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a
Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if
that's your thing.
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of
surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a
"Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or
Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the
sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean,
variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My
team is going to win it all,"
Advanced pirate lingo; or On beyond Aarrr! Once you've mastered the
basics, you're ready to start expanding your pirate vocabulary.
Beauty - The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded
by "me", as in, "C’mere, me beauty", or even, "me buxom
to one particularly well endowed.
Bilge rat - The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s
loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a
rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day A lot of guy
humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship.
It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more
powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge
rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on
Bung hole - Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper
in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole.
That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On
When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when
say, "Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the
Grog - An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water. Call your
beer grog if you want. On TLAP Day, Drink up, me hearties! And call
whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy
pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if
drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re
Hornpipe - Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had
aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day We are
not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form,
you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other
than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is horny,
and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. "Is that a hornpipe
in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?"
Lubber - This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled
typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does
not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day, More likely than
not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re
talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more
fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where
everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.
Smartly - Do something quickly.
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