The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published now and again
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 97,Sept. 12, 2011
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One Week Until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

In this issue

'Drunken Sailor Sing-Along' is Online

Our 2011 International Talk Like a Pirate Day video project has finally been posted on YouTube and we're sure you'll agree it was worth the wait!

You can see it right on our front page -

It's the "First Annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day Drunken Sailor Sing-Along a Go Go!" – edited by Mad Sally and featuring more than 30 separate clips of more than 50 pirates, fans and friends, four rubber chickens, Pandaboy, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and a beer swillin' pig. They come from all over the U.S. – from the Virgin Islands to Seattle, from Los Angeles to upstate New York, with stops all over the country and more than a few surprises! The entire crew of The Pirate Guys LLC – Ol' Chumbucket and Slappy, Mad Sally and a version of Jezebel the Web Wench are all represented. There are professional singers (thank Neptune!) and enthusiastic amateurs, all havin' grand fun with one of the best-known, best-loved sea songs of all time.

And this is just the start of what we hope becomes an annual tradition. We had a couple of friends who planned to take part but weren't able to, and while we miss 'em this year, they have to know they're first in line for next year!

The List o' Pirate Parties Is Growin'

It's not to late to join the hundreds of events listed on our Big Map o' Piratey Fun! There are events taking place all over – make sure yours is one of the ones we list, or use the map to find one near you.

The map is at

Here, for example, is the listing for an event in San Pedro, Ca.

"There Be Pirates!", California's favorite pirate jam band, will perform Saturday, at The Whale & Ale English Pub, 327 W. 7th Street, San Pedro. Doors open at 5 p.m., "There Be Pirates!" goes on at 7 p.m. with special guests Fiddler Francis and the Right Reverend Bill Church. The night will include a regalia competition for the most swashbuckling outfits, pirate humor, shanty singing, pirate conga lines, toasts, and more. $8 cover charge, reservations recommended. 310-832-0363.

We've got events from 18 different countries, including first-timers Qatar (!!!) and Nigeria, and of course our mates in Australia and New Zealand are piratin' up fine.

But there's so much more going on that we haven't been filled in on yet. For instance, we only have three events listed in Southern California, and I know for a fact there's more. And we haven't received any news from Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana (Really? There's no party or event in New Orleans? How can that be?), Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin or Wyoming. [Note from the Webwench: Ol' Chumbucket fergot to check the calendarrrrr - several o' the formerly missing states are now listed with parrrties. But we can always use more!]

Now, the Dakotas are not a huge surprise, I don't think we've ever heard of a TLAPDay party there. But for the rest, it's not too late to make plans and let us know!

We also want news from the virtual gaming world. Pirate parties usually can be found on World of Warcraft, Pirates of the Burning Sea (featuring avatars of Cap'n Slappy and meself right there in the game!) and Second Life. but we won't know about this year until YOU tell us!

What's happening in your neck of the web woods this year? Tell us yer plans ye scurvy dogs!

Talk Like a Pirate Tune-Up Tip

Another tip for taking like a pirate this Sept. 19. Because ye've gotta get beyond "Arrr."

Today's tip – "The captain's daughter." As long as we're celebratin' "Drunken Sailor" in this issue, perhaps you've wondered about the verse that says "Give him a taste of the captain's daughter." Some versions give the line as, "Put him in bed with the captain's daughter." And you might have wondered, "How is that punishment for being drunk?" It perhaps makes more sense when you learn that the captain's daughter (originally the gunner's daughter) is a name for the cat o'nine tails. So "give him a taste of the captain's daughter" means "flog him." Or "put him in bed with the captain's daughter" can be taken to mean, "Whip him until he's unconscious." Not nearly as fun as you might have thought, eh?

So when you're talking like a pirate on Sept. 19 and you're disagreeing with someone in a business meeting, shouting, "Give 'im a taste of the captain's daughter!" will tell him you're prepared to back up your opinion with action. And it's sure to get you a meeting with the human resources department for that anger management training.

Previous tips –

Belay that!
Prepare to be boarded!

You'll find lots more such tips and treasures in our two books, "Pirattitude!" and "The Pirate Life," which you can purchase online through the links here –

For now, enjoy the video and share it far and wide! We'll be with ye again soon!

- Ol' Chumbucket, editor