Tommorrow (Sept 19th) be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
If ye be so inclined, include some pirate references in your classes or
I, for example, will be speaking a bit in my archaeology classes about
reconstructing pirate culture from shipwrecks. If I was teaching
cultural anthropology I would consider devoting some class time to
pirate vocabulary and pirate culture. If I was teaching a physical
anthropology course this day I might consider how to determine a pirate
One word of advice....try to avoid using 'booty' in your class. It has
a specific, non-pirate connotation among the younger set.
Yet another word....try to avoid using the word 'wench' unless you know
the person really, really well.
For further research, a good place to begin is the international talk
like a pirate web site www.talklikeapirate.com., or just google.
Even if you don't want to participate, be nice to the bilge rats,
scallywags, and scurvy dogs you may come across in your classroom or
And when the day winds down, consider having a swill of grog.
(who, on Sept 19th each year, prefers to be addressed as Dreaded Pirate