Talk Like a Pirate With Your Camper

Ahoy mateys – wishin’ ye a happy and celebratory Columbus Day!

As you write letters to camp, it’s always a good idea to mix it up with new and clever material – jokes, stories, interesting facts etc.

Here’s a fun topic that any camp-age boy will eat up: pirates.  And what better topic for Columbus Day since Columbus and pirates alike rode ye olde giant sea between the continents.

Of course I’m not talking about the Somali pirates.  Nor am I’m not suggesting that you encourage your son to plunder his cabin-mates’ belongings or have his counselors walk the plank (blindfolded of course).

Rather, for fun, you might share some history and a few pirate words with your camper.  Following are a few great resources.

  1. For a great history of pirate terms (or more accurately, popularized pirate terms), check out Erin McKean’s “Yarrgh!” article in the Boston Globe.  Also be sure to check out her list of pirate words on her Wordnik blog.
  2. Check out the official site of British Talk Like a Pirate Day for great tips and vocabulary.
  3. check out the Today Show’s talk like a pirate page for more tips.
As always, have fun with this topic.  Heck you could even weave in a few pirate terms in the correspondence between you and your sleepaway camper.  Aye, talkin’ like a pirate can be good times… good times indeed!

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