Pirate Or Not?

As any true Pirate will tell’ ee, there’s more to piratin’ than accessories. You have to give yourself over entirely to the Buccaneerin’ Life, an there’s nothing that gets me temper up more than seeing some class o’poltroon swaggerin’ about telling all and sundry he’s a pirate, when I know in me heart he’s never taken a cannon volley athwartships, nor steered a ship through the Sargasso Sea, that treacherous graveyard of sea-craft. But that’s me – I be a true sea-dog, and won’t be fooled by trifles. But what of ye, me readers, young folk sympathetic to the Pirate cause, but lacking in sea-farin’ expertise? Never fear, for each week, I’ll be teaching ye how to look beyond the number of parrots a feller may have on his shoulder, and determine, using in-depth pirate analysis, if he be a true Pirate or merely a follower o’ the accursed Johnny Depp.

Pirate Joyce

Now, at first glance, this feller seems as Piratey as “Calico” Jack Rackham ever was. But there’s more to it than the eye-patch. Let’s look closer, and soon X will mark the spot where we’ll dig up a chest full o’truth.


  • Kicked out of home country in disgrace
  • Trouble with the law
  • Travelled around Europe
  • Has many a rowdy tavern named after him.

Not Pirate

  • Pirates hate literary modernism. We be romantics, aye.
  • Mean to his mother. Pirates love our mothers, usually have their names tattooed on us.
  • Beard far too small.
  • Buried in Switzerland, a filthy stinkin’ landlocked country.

Conclusion: Not A Pirate

This feller may have occasionally donned the raiments of a pirate, but he had no true salt in his blood.

Join me each week as I ask “Pirate Or Not?” Next Week, Heidi Klum!


5 Responses to “Pirate Or Not?”

  1. 1 WorldbyStorm 17 April, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Heidi Klum? Surely you mean Heather Mills?

  2. 2 ejh 18 April, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Doesn’t literary modernism involve the retelling of old narrative tales and forms in a clever and ironic style?

  3. 3 Captain Fang 18 April, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Ejh, ye scurvy dog,

    Yer contwixing Modernism with Post-Modernism, which Pirates- who be Romantics to a man as my fellow Captain has explained- do reject as equally repugnant.

  4. 4 Seán Báite 20 May, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Yez have missed out on a key piece of evidence lads – didn’t he knock around for years wi’ a mot be the name of ‘Barnacle’ ??
    So he must’ve had an auld keel hidden away in some cove or other…

  1. 1 Heidi Klum: Pirate Or Not? « The Irish Pirate Review Trackback on 24 April, 2008 at 6:34 pm

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