September 19, 2007

Post like a pirate!

We interrupt our pursuit of Dr. Alfred Crockus and his brain region to remind you that this is Talk Like a Pirate day, and to enact our annual ceremonial repost of the Corsair Ergonomic Keyboard for Pirates:


Poke around in our treasure trove of pirate lore and you'll find some gems mixed in with the trash. For example, this excellent instruction video on How to Talk Like a Pirate:

If I had time, I'd tell you about Dr. Crockus's pioneering work in thomboracic surgery, but right now I need to get back to business.

Meanwhile, over in Old Blighty, it seems to be "Talk like a toff as a result of brain injury" month. Just a few days ago, it was a Czech motorcycle racer who allegedly started speaking like a BBC newsreader about someone ran over his head. Now it's a Yorkshire boy:

His mum Ruth, from York, said: "He just kept on surprising doctors.

"He survived the operation and the most amazing thing is that he came out of surgery with a completely different accent.
"He went in with a York accent and came out all posh. He no longer had short 'a' and 'u' vowel sounds, they were all long."

You can find some information and links about Foreign Accent Syndrome in my post on the Czech bike racer.

Posted by Mark Liberman at September 19, 2007 06:55 AM