Is that Pig Latin, Mr. President?

September 21, 2011

Blog Guy, I was surprised to see you missed “Talk Like a Pirate Day” this week. It was fun!

Oh please. All that “ahoy” and “matey” stuff? Sorry, I waited for today instead, when we talk like presidential pirates.

You mean like U.S. Presidents would talk if they were pirates?

Yes, if the presidential pirates also spoke in Pig Latin. Welcome to “Presidential Pirate Pig Latin Day.”

I’m going to need to see how this works, Blog Guy.

Look, what’s the most famous presidential quote of the last 200 years?

That’s easy. President George W. Bush. “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

Exactly. But Pirate George would say, “Ahoy, Brownie, you’re doin’ a heck o’ a job,” which in Pig Latin becomes, “Ahoyway, ownieBray, ou’reyay oinday’ away eckhay oway’ away objay.”

Oooh! Let me try it. Let’s see. President Bill Clinton. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

Good one. Pirate Bill would say, “Avast! I did not be havin’ sex with that beauty.”

Right! And in Pig Latin, “Avastway! Iway idday otnay ebay avinhay’ exsay ithway atthay eautybay!” This is fun! Will we do this next year, too?

Nope. Next year is “Presidential Pirates on Novocaine Day.

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Top and left: President Barack Obama speaks with speechwriter Cody Keenan, who is dressed as a pirate for an Oval Office photo shot for use in the President’s speech to the White House Correspondents Association dinner in this handout photo taken in Washington, May 9, 2009 and later released by the White House.  REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout

Bottom left: Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush looks at Halloween skull decorations at Watson’s Drugstore in Orange, California, September 14, 2000. REUTERS photo

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Cody Keenan is wearing two different pairs of trousers in the top two photos. Maybe he did ebay avinhay’ exsay ithway atthay eautybay, whoever atthay eautybay might be (and I am not suggesting that it was the President).

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Also the hook changed hands. What we need here is a congressional investigation. This could be big–PirateGate.

Posted by lemonttaylor | Report as abusive

I’m not sure how to get all these concepts into a haiku, but here goes:

Pirate Pig Latin
As the President speaks it
Memorable lines

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Speaking of annual events, only 59 more days until V-E day! 10/11/21/a-heartwarming-holiday-traditio n/

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

President Obama: Ahoy-yay, ateys-May in-yay ongress-Cay! ass-Pay is-thay obs-jay ill-bay ow-nay, arrrrrr-yay!

Mrs. Obama: Very funny, Barack. Now eat your vegetables, and change out of that puffy shirt.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I went to Williams-Sonoma to see if they had a Presidential Quote Generator for a decent price, say $399.99. They did, and I plugged in 1811-2011.

It told me that the most famous quotation in the last 200 years came from William Henry Harrison, who said, “Dagnabit, I can’t shake this cold.”

In pirate speak, that would have been “Arrrr, this cold is heavy on me health,” and in Presidential Pig Latin Pirate-speak, it would have been, “Arrrr-yay, is-they old-cay is-yay eavy-hay on-yay e-may ealth-hay.”

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@Jazz: Thanks for making me laugh and for the important reminder.

Speaking of other annual traditions, 76 days to EM day! 10/12/05/happy-eva-mendes-day-to-all/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Um, I have run out of pirate lingo..
can we have a Talk like a Blob Day?
I seem to managing that pretty ok..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

aikuhay imetay,
niay ipgay atinlay,
arderhay asktay!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

@Malteser: Brilliant! I wasn’t sure if it could be done, but, lo and behold, you have achieved and conquered this mighty feat. Bravo to your pig Latin haiku.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

A pirate pig-Latin Haiku is indeed a noteworthy acievement.
Well played sir.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Colour me impressed.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

hankstay otay llaay!


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