But talking like a pirate (yarrr, matey) isn’t just putting on a swarthy accent and attempting to drink rum at every turn. No, there’s a lingo to be sure. Things that if we heard them now we’d be a bit put off. Ever heard the word bung hole? Sure it might conjure up images of Beavis and Butthead talking about their posteriors, but in reality bung hole refers to the barrels that stored food on long voyages. The bung was actually a cork that was placed in the hole to keep the food from spoiling, and the hole, naturally, was called the bung hole (’cause, that’s where the bung fit). So a common phrase in pirate lingo heard around dinner time might be “let’s see what the bung hole spat out!”.
While most consider piracy a man’s job, there were a large number of pirates throughout history. Including women. One of the earliest known female pirates (though, there is argument she could be a myth) was the Chinese pirate Ch’iao K’uo Füü Jëën. She lived around 600 BC. Even Vikings had a great number of female pirates, with a good number from Norway. But two of the most famous female pirates were Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Both attempted to disguise their gender, both sailed on the same ship, and it’s believed that both were more than just close friends.
Piracy has it’s legends and a lot of those have lived on in song. One such minstrel was Canada’s Stan Rogers who wrote the song Barrett’s Privateers, all about a crew that went off in search of American Gold.
That’s all for now. Have a happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
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