In honor of the scurviest day of the year — Talk Like a Pirate Day — we’ve spiked the Watercooler with grog. Just kidding, but we do have the complete guide to celebrating that will shiver yer timbers.
This year marks the spot of the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day, according to the official website.
“What once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up,” the site writes.
To celebrate, we’ve gathered 10 swashbucklingly fun ways to celebrate like a true pirate. We’re not only showing you how to talk like a pirate — by the end of this guide, you’ll also look and act the part. Whether it’s updating your profile picture, emailing co-workers or DIY tattoos, this guide is the treasure chest you were looking for.
Special thanks to Captain Annie Colbert of the U.S.S. Watercooler for assisting with this post.
1. Talk the Pirate Talk
Obviously, Talk Like a Pirate Day is all about the lingo, mateys. The website gives a good rundown of pirate terms, from the basics to advanced — there are even pickup lines.
Here are a few terms to know:
Avast! : A sense of surprise — stop what you’re doing and give it attention. “Wow!” or “Check it out!”
Arrr!: Never argh, which is a sound of disgruntlement. There are a few things which translate as “arr,” such as “yes,” or “I agree.” It can also be used as a term of contentment, or recognizing another pirate’s cleverness.
Lad/Lass: A younger boy or girl.
Matey: A companion or friend.
Savvy: A sense of understanding. “Once ye read ’tis guide, ye’ll be scurvy pirate savvy.
Smartly: Do something quickly. “Instagram me treasure smartly — and put a toaster filter, me matey!
Speaking of smartly, if you don’t have time to brush up on your pirate jargon, Post Like a Pirate will do it for you. It will even tweet your translations straight to Twittarrr.
2. Look the Pirate Part
Sad because your company won’t allow you to wear a three-cornered hat and eye patch to work? Don’t be! That’s what Photoshop is for. And if you’re going to talk like a pirate, you should look like one too.
We’ve included a few pirate pieces to jazz up your avatar or profile picture. Add a hook, a sword, a hat or go all out.
Be sure to share your creation with us by using the hashtag #MashMateys on Twitter, Instagram or Google+.
3. Update Your Facebook
The most hardcore of pirates are probably already using this feature, but you can change your language on Facebook to pirate. Go to your general settings and select “English (Pirate)” to join in on the fun.
Bonus points for anyone who updates their cover photo too.
4. Email Your Coworkers
Now that you have the pirate lingo down — or have at least made good use of the translator — it’s time to let your colleagues know that you’re serious.
Pirates have to yell over choppy waters, sails blowing in the wind and other rowdy pirates on the deck. You can’t yell in an email, but you can take advantage of the caps lock key.
5. Pillage Your Office Kitchen for Snacks
By now, you’ve surely worked up an appetite.
Go ahead and raid the office kitchen for nourishment. Or just take a quick GIF break.
6. Pirate Art
Want to impress your pirate friends without using the lingo? Add some ascii art at the end of an email where your signature would normally be.
Images courtesy of ASCII Art and Chris
7. Pirate Tattoos
No need to spend money and hours fighting back tears at the tattoo parlor — you can make them all yourselves!
Jon Barnes shows you tips and techniques for drawing your own tattoos, using markers and imagination.
Pirates considered parrots to be souvenirs of the sea. They were exotic, brightly colored and could be trained to speak.
It’s less common for most of us to have a spare parrot lying around. Unless you already have one as a pet, consider improvising, like these guys.
Images courtesy of Reddit, c9silver, Sharpwriter, oniaberry
9. Pirate Grog
Every pirate should celebrate the end of the day with a bottle of rum — but, we’re not really pirates, so let’s drink responsibly.
Pirates actually drank grog, which was a special concoction of alcoholic brews. It was like a weak beer with rum in it. To improve the taste, modern versions of the drink are often made with hot water, and sometimes lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar.
If you’d rather not try grog, there are tons of other great beverage recipes — both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Cheers, mateys!
Finally, every pirate needs a source of entertainment while spending hours on the sea.
Plug in your headphones, and enjoy Mashable’s sea-worthy picks for Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Image courtesy of Nick Humphries
Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/19/talk-like-a-pirate-day-guide/