Written by ChillerBaggins

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

image for Shock, Horror -- Pirates Never Said "Arrrr"
"Aaargh Matey"!

(The Black Pearl) - Shiver-me-timbers.. Cap'n Jack Sparrow's crew are fakers. So says Christopher Bonanos a senior editor at New York magazine.

"Arrrr"; that phrase and the accent that goes with it are strictly Hollywood. The pirate phrase "Arrrgh" appeared in film as early as 1934. But the phrase and accent were popularized by Robert Newton, the actor who played Long John Silver in the movies and on TV through much of the 1950s.

The onboard speech was most likely underclass British sailor with extra curse words, augmented with a polyglot slang of French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch picked up around the trade routes.

On the PLUS side, pirates were known to dress in loose clothing, guzzle rum and smash the empty bottles, and chase busty wenches through Caribbean ports.

"Arrr, that be ee."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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