International Talk Like A Pirate Day”( ITLAPD) was created by John Bauer, and Mark Summers in 1995, who obviously had a little extra time on their hands. They submitted their new “holiday” proclamation to humorist Dave Barry in 2002, who liked the idea so much he promoted it in his nationally syndicated column. In typical pirate form, if you say it’s so...it’s so.
“It’s fun to talk like a pirate,” says Brian Woeller, of Pirate’s Paradise Adventures, who speaks like a pirate on the company’s phone voice mail. The old pirate culture from the Caribbean has been heavily romanticized in books, TV shows and, of course, the overwhelmingly successful movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, staring Johnny Depp. “The whole pirate theme is colorful, adventurous, mischievous....and I think everyone would like to think there is a little “pirate” in them.” Woeller and his family are heavily entrenched in the pirate culture with their company, Pirate’s Paradise Adventures using the pirate theme as a brand. “We take vacationers on power boat tours through the USVI and BVIs - essentially tracing the routes of pirates years ago” says Woeller. “ One of the favorite stops we make is to Norman Island in the BVIs. Norman Island is regarded as being the Inspiration to Robert Louis Steven’s Treasure Island novel. On Norman Island, there is a little restaurant called Pirate’s Bight, as well as a floating ‘Pirate ship’ bar and restaurant called the Willy T. Just outside the bay is a favorite snorkeling spot called the Caves - three sea caves you can swim into that are rumored to have held treasure in them.”
Here Are A Few Tips On Talking Like a Pirate...
1. Speak from the back of your throat to make it sound more coarse. (Drinking a bottle of rum also helps)
2. Replace the word “my” with “me” - “Me sword is stuck in that lilly-levered bilge rat’s back.”
3. Replace the word “you”, with “ye” - “Ye haven’t seen where the wench hid the rum, have ye?”
4.Squint one eye when you talk...it works, I don’t know why.
5.Use colorful, descriptive words - Instead of, “I’ll see you tomorrow” try, “You’ll see me presence as the sun rises over the bow of the ship, one moon from now”
For more information, please go to www.piratesparadiseadeventures.com
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For Interviews or More Information Please Contact:
Brian Woeller, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pirates Paradise Adventures,
Phone: (855) 550-8728
Fax: (866) 766-8325
Address: 6100 Red Hook Quarter #2, Red Beard, Slip B-20 St.Thomas, USVI 00802