Every September 19th (that’s today, for those that are taking notes) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (it’s a real thing, look it up). It may sound like a kooky holiday, but really, is it any worse than Cow Appreciation Day or National Toothache Day?
Of course not!
And who doesn’t love talking like a pirate (except, of course, for Ninjas–but they’re another story altogether. I guess they already have a holiday of their own though, if you believe in the Day of the Ninja. Sounds like a fabricated reason to celebrate pajama’d insomniacs, if you ask me…)
But I digress.
Today is a day of YARRRs, and ARRRRRRs (not to be confused with Arrrghhh!); of Ahoying nearby Maties and shivering various timbers. While it’s all in good fun, it also has a nice tie-in to the 40k Universe.
Have you ever noticed how much ARRRRRR! sounds like WAAAAAGHH!? You think that’s a coincidence? M’lands no. Orks have a strong piratical nature, going all of the way to the Rogue Trader days. Yes, I’m talking about the Freebooterz.
Though I’m not a huge fan of greenskins as a whole, there will always be a special spot in my heart for some of these classic models. What can I say? There’s just something about a goofy looking figure in a pirate hat that appeals to me (see pictures at the Stuff of Legends). So, even if you’re too mature to tell someone to ‘Walk the Plank” today, remember the Orks and all they’ve done to keep the swashbuckling career alive for 38,000 years to come.
Say it loud; say it proud:
Image credits: Banner image from Talklikeapirate.com & Freebooterz cover from GW