Ahoy, me hearties! Check your almanacks, for today be Talk Like a Pirate Day, arrr!

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Ahoy, me hearties!

Check your almanacks, for today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, arrr!

I know what you're thinking.

Why does that matter? What's the point? How could this ever be worth covering on Naked Security?

How do you talk like a pirate, anyway?

To answer those questions, I'll consult the officially self-appointed ITLAPD website:

Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Make no mistake. We do. But it's a little hard to articulate why.

So, there is an official reason: not a very good reason, to be sure, and one supported by no explanation at all, but a reason nevertheless.

That's enough on its own for some people, but there's actually one genuine reason why you might want to join in, even if your first thought is that it's an entirely silly concept. [It *is* silly. Ed.]

The reason is this: Talking Like a Pirate is surprisingly popular amongst computer techies. [Really? Are you sure? Ed.]

In other words, with almost no effort, you can probably cheer up the guys in your IT department with a single word, just by letting them know you know.

So, think of it as an extension of Sysadmin Day, when you do something, anything, to put smiles on the dials (that's not Pirate talk, it's just rather old-fashioned slang) of your IT staff.

After all, they've probably had a tough time of it lately, what with a veritable panoply of updates to deal with lately.

In the last week or so, they've had updates from Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, and Apple; then updates to Microsoft's updates; then an emergency "Fix it" for Internet Explorer; and, last night, the latest Firefox fixes.

Give it a try. It's easy.

Just have a normal conversation, but remember these four alternative phrases, all beginning with A:

  • Instead of "hello," say: Ahoy!
  • At the end of every statement, pause for a moment (imagine a comma), and then say: Arrr!
  • Instead of "yes," say: Aye!
  • Instead of "goodbye," say: Aye, aye!

Silly, indeed, but you might just cheer up the techies in the office, since they so often bear the brunt of everyone's complaints about the inconvenience of computer security.

Whatever you do, just remember that there's one Piratical phrase that you should avoid, no matter how humorously you might intend it.

IT staff, even those who Talk Like Pirates all the time, do not want to hear anyone saying, "Beatings will continue until morale improves."

Not on 19 September, anyway.

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9 Responses to Ahoy, me hearties! Check your almanacks, for today be Talk Like a Pirate Day, arrr!

  1. Nigel · 210 days ago

    Although its meaning has been somewhat expanded into the piratical equivalent of "Achtung!" in some quarters, a hearty "Avast!" has always been a personal favorite...especially when users are about to do something stupid.

    • a.e.n · 210 days ago

      ha, you said "Avast!" in a Sophos forum...

      • Paul Ducklin · 209 days ago

        I was so careful to avoid it in the article itself.

        Hoist, if I may try a spot of nautical stuff even though it is now 20 September, by my own petard.

        Should have used the word and got it out of the way on my own terms :-) Now it's turned up twice!

  2. wally · 210 days ago

    you forgot 'walk the plank'

  3. Tony · 210 days ago

    Is it in fact true the common Irish surname "Murphy" in fact translates in Irish to "Pirate"?

    • Paul Ducklin · 210 days ago

      My detailed research (which consisted of looking it up on Wikipedia and a bunch of other sites that appear simply to have copied Wikipedia) suggests that it's the English rendition of a name that means "sea warrior."

      Which is close, but not, I am sure you will agree, quite the same thing as "pirate."

      I mean, when someone's just finished a giant bout of illegal downloading, you don't say, "Well done, O mighty sea warrior" :-)

  4. Cap'n Steve-o · 209 days ago

    Ahoy! This is a fun one! I don't actually mark me calendar though. As such, I really wish this had been included in the Sophos email for Pirate day instead of the day after. Arrr!

    • Paul Ducklin · 209 days ago

      Well, the mails go out half way through the day, UK time, so there are places where they're super early and other where they are super late for day-specific things.

      If you need more timely nautical alerts, you should consider our RrrrrrrrrrrSS feed.

      • Cap'n Steve-o · 205 days ago

        Aye matey, me be sailin' the wrong side of the pond! Arrr

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog