Thursday, September 19, 2013

There's an app for that: It's 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day' 2013

Sept. 19, 2013 is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day." A "holiday" that launched from dock in 1995, it's become a global sensation.

Wikipedia says that the organizers of the faux holiday, Mark Summers (who uses the pirate name of Cap'n Slappy) and John Baur (who goes by the pirate name of Ol' Chumbucket) of Albany, Oregon came up with the holiday after a sports injury. One of them injured themselves during a racquetball game and exclaimed "Aaarrr!" (as opposed to the more tradition expletive), and the day was born.

This, of course, sounds like a faux explanation for a faux holiday.

However, legend says that the game took place on June 6, 1995, and (possibly with some snarkiness) the pair said that they delayed the actual observance until later that year, out of respect for D-Day (June 6, 1944, as you most likely know). Instead, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as, try as he might, it would be hard for him to forget that date.

With the proliferation of smartphones and smartphone apps, how does a Captain Hook wanna-be celebrate "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" 2013? You're in luck, me hearty. In the App Store, for you iDevice owners, there are several apps for pirate lovers.

For one, there is the free iArrPirate app. Users can take a photo and make themselves look like a pirate.

Don't worry, Android users. In the Google Play Store, there is the similar Make Me a Pirate app, also free.

If you really must talk like a pirate, there is the $0.99 app Talk Like A Pirate in the App Store. However, it has a very low two-star rating, so be warned, mateys.

In the Play Store, there is the (low-rated) Pirate Jokes app. It seems that the low rating is because the app is simply really not that funny.

Android users who want a similar "speaking app" can use the $0.99 Pirate Speak for Land Lubbers app. This one only has three ratings, but at least it has a 3.7 star average.

For those without a smartphone, but with a cell phone, you can send texts like a Pirate on International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2013 (naturally you can text from a smartphone, too). Here are a few examples, of SMS-pirate-speak that could be used as Pirate talk:
  • SMT - Shiver me timbers!
  • R - Aaaarrr (easily confused, however, with "r" as used for "are")
  • AVH - Avast, me hearties
  • BDTH - Batten down the hatches
  • LL - Landlubber
  • SOBE - Son of a Biscuit Eater
Come up with more of your own and add them in the comments. And you landlubbers, get out there and use apps like a pirate (but not a software pirate) and text message like a pirate, too!

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