12 thoughts on “Arrrr”

  1. Oddly enough, when I think of what a modern day pirate would say, it always starts with “Let’s be clear…”

  2. Errol Flynn’s buccaneer did not talk like a Cornwall mariner! Neither did Gene Kelley’s Pirate (not one of his most successful movies). I bet that the pirate Jean Lafitte did not speak like that either.

    This is all Disney’s fault. In 1959 they hired Robert Newton to play Long John Silver and he decided to use a Cornwall mariner accent. As Craig Ferguson has said, it’s weird to go to a Starbucks in Cornwall and hear someone ask for a skinny grande latte in a stereotypical “pirate” accent.

  3. Many of the buccaneers were from southwest England. It’s not just Disney. I’m pretty confident that’s more accurate than Gene Kelly’s or Errol Flynn’s accent.

  4. Arrr, it’s good to see me mate’s joined in thinkin’, but this usurper in the grand house is no pirate. Pirates have honor (a low sort ’tis true.) Ye be insultin’ pirates mateys.

  5. I believe Newton’s choice may have been informed by the fact Sir Henry Morgan originally sailed from Bristol.

    Of course Morgan was Welsh, not English…

  6. Yeah, I heard the president’s speech today — it’s supposed to be talk like a pirate day, not act like one.

    Rand wins his own thread.

    ETA: Arrrrrhhh.

  7. How do you saw “Arrrr” in a Swabian accent?

    Much of the Pirate Party platform seems laudable – my one concern in boldface:

    The party supports the preservation of current civil rights in telephony and on the Internet; in particular, it opposes the European data retention policies and Germany’s new Internet censorship law called Zugangserschwerungsgesetz. It also opposes artificial monopolies and various measures of surveillance of citizens.

    The party favors the civil right to information privacy and reforms of copyright, education, computer science and genetic patents.

    It promotes in particular an enhanced transparency of government by implementing open source governance and providing for APIs to allow for electronic inspection and monitoring of government operations by the citizen.

    Would these reforms preserve intellectual property rights, or erode them? And what der hecking heckity heck is an education patent?

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