Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Talk like a Pirate day is coming! Here’s a script to join the fun

Category: Fun

This Saturday, the 19th of September is once again talk like a pirate day and there is a terribly easy way this year to turn your boring ol’ site into a swashbuckling Piratespeak one. Simply include the following script node at the end of your body element:

  1. <script src=""></script>

The Piratespeak translation script is powered by Yahoo’s YQL and is based on a dictionary that you can help to extend. Using the YQL piratespeak insert table or the form set up here you can add your own Piratespeak to English translation terms and make this an even saltier experience.

If you simply want to turn any web site into Piratespeak you can use the piratize bookmarklet – just try it here, right now.

For more detailed info on just how the piratespeak open tables work, check out the in-depth blog post on the Yahoo Developer Network.

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 11:33 am

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That’s hilarious. Clicking the bookmarklet on any technical article automatically makes it seem like Blackbeard the pirate wrote it.


Comment by someguynameddylan — September 17, 2009

Ahhh… Automatic translators, gotta love ’em.

“- just try it here, starboard now.”

It took me a minute to figure out what the heck a ‘starboard’ was.

Lot’s ‘o fun though, no matter th’ occasional hiccups. Arrrr!

Comment by edthered — September 17, 2009

great discovery, wafla.
funny how the google ads respond to this.

by the way, the login doesn´t work with opera10 :-(

Comment by Simmerl — September 17, 2009

I thought everyone would have jumped to upgrade their old wordpress installs recently. Ajaxian – didn’t you hear that ‘everybody’ got hacked?

Comment by danh2000 — September 17, 2009

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