Ahoy! Can you talk like a pirate? Today's the day to try

In case you didn't know (or conveniently forgot), today, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Conceived by a couple of fun-loving guys on a racquetball court and unleashed on the world by syndicated columnist Dave Barry, September 19 is now and ever will be the day to fill your conversation voids and pregnant pauses with pirate lingo.

The Telegraph has supplied the top ten pirate links to its readers today.

According to the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day web site, basic pirate language includes the following catchy words:

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can 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!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

For more pirate lingo, a story about the origin of ITLAP day, and a host of pirate-inspired pick-up lines, visit the Talk Like a Pirate web site.

Pirate costumes are popular rental items today. No doubt many bosses are using the day as an opportunity to weed out weak staff members by asking them to walk the plank. However you decide to celebrate the day, be sure to at least carry on the tradition by offering an "Aye aye" response when asked to do something or greeting fellow workers, friends, or family members with an "Ahoy." Eye-patch is optional.

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