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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

Jumping the plank and then, possibly, a shark afterwards

Is it over? Has it become passe? Is it time for "Talk Like a Pirate Day" to head for Davy Jones' Locker? Click here, here , here and here to read what the naysayers have to, well, say about it.

But if this holiday has already worn out its welcome after a few short years, what of Thanksgiving? Or Halloween? Or even St. Patrick's Day? Aren't they a few dozen years past their expiration dates?




That's not to say that the whole thing wasn't already old by time I even heard about it. That would have been three or so "Talk Like a Pirate Day"s back. As many will tell you, pirates, along with their ninja rivals, are overexposed, what with the Johnny Depp movie making over a billion dollars and all.

On the other hand, what other holiday figurehead is overexposed? Santa Claus, for one.

If the holiday want to make it into the big leagues (ie, with its own annual section in Hallmark), it's going to have to loosen up a little. "Talk Like a Pirate" Day should become just "Pirate Day." It could be a holiday devoted to drinking grog, which I learned today was typically rancid water mixed with rum, while engaging in wanton acts of violence and theft. Or just pretend forms of piracy with fake swords but real parrots.

I'm not saying that I've got the perfect concept but there's sure to be a workable mainstream holiday in here somewhere, which September could use. Labor Day? That one's so played out.

And if the whole "pirate thing" has worn out its welcome, someone might want to tell these guys. They're planning a buccaneer-themed festival in Cathedral Park this weekend.

Anyway, in honor of this pseudo-holiday, here's a link to a pirate-related You Tube video.

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