Arr! a ’lil somethin’ sweet fer’ ye bones

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Krispy Kreme joins the fun of National Talk Like a Pirate Day

By Reece Murphy

Aye, matey! T’urrrsday t’were a grand day far buccaneers t’ olde Krispy Kreme galley in th’ Land of Indians – a free douggghnut far any tike or ol’ salt who talked like a pierrrrate!

A dozen free if they be donned in an ol’ freebooters’ rags! Some skallywags rumor’d th’ galley owners’d been addled, lost their compass, thrown reason overboard in’t boilin’ seas.

But nay! T’were a celebration o’ International Talk Like a Pirate Day, savvy? ‘Tis a celebration th’ company’s observed many a year.

Krispy Kreme stripey Elise Pressley, ‘erself wearin’  a scarrrf and pierrate gear, said many a salty dogs showed far th’ offer, including th’ fierce “Purple Pierrrate.”

“One guy came in wearing a purple vest and purple scarf, with a sword and a hook and said ‘I’m here to collect my booty,’ Pressley said a’smilin’ T’urrrsday mornin’. 

“I’d say we’ve had about 15 or 20 pierrrates (people) so far. Lots of kids.”

Talk Like a Pirate Day began back in ‘t dark age o’ 1995, ‘tween mateys John Baur n’ Mark Summers of Albany, Ore., as they be play’n racquetball.

Th’ mateys, ‘longside mate Brian Rhodes, settl’d on Septemb’r 19, all rand’m and celebrat’d th’ day among ‘em from then on.

Know’n th’ world need’d th’ joy o’ talkin’ like pierrrates, the lads hailed fame’d journalst an’ ol’ seadog Dave Barry in 2002, who penn’d a column in celebration o’ th’ day.

An’ the first International Talk Like a Pirate Day were born: th’ legend still grows among the seafarrin’ folks each year.

Among th’ lads n’ lasses decked out ere they be nat’ral born pirrrates were Devin Lynch, 2, o’ Union County, thar wit ‘is mudder, Amanda Lynch.

Deven’ descended upon th’ galley wear’n his “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” rags, skull n’ crossboans pierrrate hat n’ wavin’ ‘is sword and hook like th’ last terror o’ Blackbeard.

Wha’d th’ lad think o’ Krispy Kreme and ‘er treats? “Aaarrrr!” he said.

Spoken’ like a tru pierrrate, matey!

Jabberin’ a ’lil Pirate 101

According to www.talklikeapirate.com, pirate lingo is rich and complicated, like a good stew. 

But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, 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.

– Ahoy – “Hello!”

– 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 did.”

– Aye aye – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as me java break ar 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 enjoying,” “My team is going to win it all,” and “That was a clever yarn you or I just spun.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr.


Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151