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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Meow Like a Pirate - a Beginner's Guide

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Ahoy there Mateys, Captain Diamond here also known as Diamond the Black come to give ye a bit of a lesson in Pirate speak here on this Meow like a Pirate Friday!

In case ye didn't know, the word I just used "Ahoy!" is a very simple word that just means "Hello!".

Now then, ye might have heard this word "Avast" All that word there means is to stop and give attention. It can be also be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!" type word.

Now, then, when I gives an order to my crew, I expect them to reply with and "Aye aye". What that means is they'll be gettin' right onto the task I have assigned to them if they know what's good for them. I run my ship with an iron claw and I expect a prompt response from my crew.

When ye just use the word "Aye" by itself, what it means is "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything ye just said or did."

One of the most common words in a pirate cat's vocabulary is "Me'Arrr!" This word is often confused with me'arrrgh, which is of course the sound ye make when ye sit on a belaying pin. "Me'Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this grog," and "That was a clever remark ye or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Me'Arrr!

Now, here's a couple of not so well known words that ye probably should be aware of.

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually tuna rum diluted with water, but in this context ye could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call yer beer grog if ye want. I won’t stop ye! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so ye can see why tuna-rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever ye are drinking grog if ye want to. And if ye're looking for the best Tuna Grog in the CatBlogoSphere, well, ye've found it here at Capt. Diamond's Grog Shoppe, no doubt about that!

Land Lubber - This refers to a cat that has never sailed the seven seas and doesn't wish to. They're not tough like a Pirate Cat is. This is a grave insult in Pirate Cat lingo. In most cases, yer human is probably a land lubber, but what can ye do? We need slaves to function!

Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. Here's an example of a Bilge rat:

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As ye can see, he's had too much Tuna Grog, is useless for look out duty and doesn't have enough sense to go walk the plank in shark infested waters. Seriously, what's a fierce Pirate Cat to do with a lazy scoundrel like this?

Be that as it may, ye now know the basics of Pirate cat speak and should be able to Meow like a Pirate with the best of them.

Happy sailin' Matey!

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I'd like pass this award on to the Dread Pirate Diego, One-Eyed Jack, the Pirate Cat, my good friend Misty, the terror of Loch Michigan, Stygia, the Stygian Panther, and the crew of the good ship PB&J.


Kimo and Sabi said...

Arrrrg! and Uuuug! We do not fink we would like to eat a bilge rat!

Karen Jo said...

Thankee kindly fer the lesson. That bilge rat looks a wee bit familiar. Good luck in yer plunderin'.

whatloknows said...

Arrrr Matey, happy Pirates Day to yer.

-d ma said...

ahoy! diego and I thank u for the award. Thompson is my lil pirate. some day I'm gonna dress him up complete with an eye patch and a wooden peg leg. i'm sure he'll get a kick out of that.

ZOOLATRY said...

AHOY... and who might that very handsome mate be in the background? You got our human drooling and dribbling all over herself.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Ahoy! That be a good lesson in pirate speak Captain Diamond the Black. Ye make a pretty pirate.

I be sorry ye have to share your ship with a Bilge rat, but perhaps he might make a good cabin boy after all

PB 'n J said...

Ahoy Cap'n Diamond! And thankee kindly for the award, t'is truly generous of you to share your treasure!

Me' Arrrr!
The Black Pearl, Deadeye Jake and Sealegs Bert

The Cat Realm said...

Very informative! Happy pirate day!
Karl and Ruis dressed up at their blog - but we are still doing the Dare...
Mrs. OZ and Tintin

Tybalt said...

Me First Mate Mommy think that ye have one mighty cute bilge rat aboard yer vessel.

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Talking like a pirate is alot of fun!

I have an award for you at my blog.

Have a great weekend!

Purrageous Pirates said...

Aye lass, that be a good list of the lingo!! Me'ARRRRRR we say!!

Lux said...

I'm a land lubber - I admit it!

My mom just fainted at the sight of Johnny Depp! ;-)

Mickey said...

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Thanks for that info!!!! It's good ta be informed ;)


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