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Serve up Some "Argle-Bargle" for Talk Like a Pirate Day

Avast! Ahoy! Bring it on, mateys! Did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrr, it's true! Lately, it seems that everyone is trying to sound piratical.

Ever wonder why the arrr sound is associated with pirates? Check out this explanation from University of British Columbia linguist Molly Babel. We love the sound so much that we created the vocabulary list, "Card Sharp, Argy-bargy, Arctic Char and Other Words Pirates Might Like to Say."

We're not the only ones who like arrr-ful words. Did you know Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia can speak pirate? Why else would he have featured argle-bargle (translation arrr-gle barrr-gle) in his dissenting opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act?

Meanwhile, at Politico, writing team John F. Harris and Todd S. Purdum described Barack Obama's presidency as parlous (translation: parrrr-lous) rather than perilous. Will Obama soon be running the Jolly Roger up the White House flagpole? Arrr!

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