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  • n. Plural form of pirate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of reduvioid bugs, typical of a subfamily Piratinæ, having the third joint of the hind tarsi as long as the first and second joints together, and that part of the head which bears the ocelli slightly elevated.


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  • Talk Like a Pirate Day might actually be fun.

    On a normal day:

    Someone: “C’mon, talk like a pirate, pal!�?

    Somebody: “No.�?

    On a September 19:

    Someone: “C’mon, talk like a pirate, pal!�?

    Somebody: “I’m disinclined to acquiesce.�?

    (My reaction about the r-sounds somehow ended up on devoicing.)

    September 17, 2009

  • American 'r' is problematic for almost everyone (being unique or at any rate extremely rare in world phonology). It's just that, say, French and German speakers replace it with their 'r', which sounds to our ears more r-like than, say, the Japanese 'r'.

    September 17, 2009

  • This is your captain speaking. We will shortly reach our cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. At which point, you should all feel free to 'talk like a pilot'. But please keep your seatbelts fastened as you do so, folks - you never know when we might hit some unexpected turbulence, maties!

    September 17, 2009

  • "Pilates" in Asia, where the American /r/ is thought to be somewhat problematic to pronounce. Which begs the question: Is there an Int'l Pilates Day? Some would say "if not, there should be".

    September 17, 2009

  • Yo, ho, ho...

    September 16, 2009

  • I love that guy.

    September 16, 2009

  • I wish someone would start a talk like the Muppets' Swedish Chef day. Bork bork bork!

    September 16, 2009

  • ARR! It's on my list!

    September 16, 2009

  • Arr! Only 4 more days till " Talk Like a Pirate Day ", maties!

    September 16, 2009

  • The German pirate party’s (“Piratenpartei�?) color is orange.

    September 15, 2009

  • Profoundly Incredulous and Reconditely Acronymic Title Endowment Specialist.

    November 9, 2008