Jolly Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day over all the seas.

Sorry; my pirate brogue ain’t savvy. But if I wanted to talk like a fluent buccaneer, I could use the Mango language learning site and take a course in Pirate. Seriously.

Or I could learn a smattering from Patchy, otherwise known as SpongeBob SquarePants‘ biggest fan. Or, certainly, Jack Sparrow. And if I really wanted a pirate’s life for me, I could pick up a few pointers from Do Pirates Take Baths? and start scrubbin’ my knees with seashells.

Or I could just read about some cool pirates. Like:

The notorious Captain Hook, who almost needs no introduction.

The Skeleton Pirate, who “will never be beaten!” except, maybe, when he’s eaten.

And let’s not forget the women, like Grania O’Malley who challenged the Queen.

If you like your pirates more real and less ruddy, try some of these:

Pirate. Learn about ships, ranks, and flags–I found it cool that both pirate flags and gravestones pictured a winged hourglass to show how quickly time was running out.

If you like hidden pictures, Where’s the Pirate? is charming. There are pirate faces hiding everywhere in the raised illustrations, ranging from cunning to grouchy to dopey. But Grandfather and George and Meg don’t see them as they search for buried treasure…do you?

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Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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