Yes, yes, I know that Morning Edition and countless local radio stations have already beaten me to the announcement that today is in fact, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but I bet they don’t have the old Pirate Translator up and running on their websites or blogs.
Good thing I do. That’s right, today, anyone who leaves a comment on the blog will have their insightful comments, words, and thoughts translated automatically into Piratese. No references to Johnny Depp, rum, or booty needed.
I originally found this earlier in the year for my infamous April Fools’ day prank in which I gave up blogging for the life of a pirate. Using a rather ingenius little plugin for WordPress from Dougal Campbell, I’m able to translate any comments, posts, or other text on my blog into Pirate, Jive, Sweddish Chef, and a few other choice yet humorous”languages”. Apparently, if you leave the plugin activated, it hijacks your blog on Talk Like a Pirate Day, which I’m all too excited about, so please feel free to leave a comment, and join the Piratey discussion today.
And in case you’re wondering how educational this might be…Imagine starting up your very own Pirate blog for your class, and have online discussions about what life might have been like for Caribbean and South American colonies during the age of Piracy, while talking like Pirates. Or use it as a humorous anticipatory set, to get the kids talking and chatting online beyond just the usual “Hey, what’s up” that so many of them post.