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December 01, 2006

Arrrr! Or Is It "Yarrrrr!"? I Always Get the Two Confused

John Joseph Adams, aka The Slushgod, has sent me along a note letting me know that he's guest-editing a special pirate-themed edition of Shimmer magazine for its Summer 2007 issue, which I knew, and that the reading period for that issue is now open, which I didn't. So if you happen to have a pirate story stomping around the house causing trouble, now you know where you can send it. All the details are at the link above. Incidentally, the current issue of Shimmer features an interview with me. Just in case, you know, you don't get enough of me here.

Posted by john at December 1, 2006 08:48 AM

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Steve Buchheit | December 1, 2006 09:05 AM

Saw that, working on a space pirate story to submit (unsolicited) to Jeff VanderMeer's anthology (also reading at this time). I wonder how many stories will make the rounds at both?

And it would be, "Argh, matey."

I believe you had a thread during Talk Like a Pirate Day that sampled a goodly swath o' swaggerin' pirate-y lingo.

Nathan Sharfi | December 1, 2006 11:23 AM

OK, I’ll bite…is there a ninja-themed issue in the works?

Byron | December 1, 2006 01:39 PM

"Arrrr" is just a general nonsense sound, like "um" or "er." as in:

"Arrr, thar be landlubbers off the starboard bow."

It can also be used as an expression of surprise or irritation as in:

"Arrr! That young scalleywag has stolen me grog!"

whereas "Yarrr" is a general term of agreement or satisfaction as in:

"Yarrr, this be good grog."

Nathan | December 1, 2006 02:53 PM


Are the "landlubbers off the starboard bow", like,...drowning?

Josh Jasper | December 1, 2006 04:31 PM

'Tis all landlubbers be good for!


Steve Buchheit | December 1, 2006 05:37 PM

Yarr, whata good yarn. These be salty dogs, they be.

Wait, Yarr, wasn't she the kick-butt babe in the first season of Star Trek the Next Iteration?

Sorry, strike the mast. Raise the red. She be leaning to the wind but we'll sail her down, we will. Load grape and chain. As we come alongside we'll bring her to heel.

John Joseph Adams | December 1, 2006 07:06 PM

Thanks, John!

And for the record, Arrr! or Yarrr! are both acceptable. Argh, however is not; Argh is what you say when you hit your head, or someone pulls away the football you were about to kick.

Steve Buchheit | December 1, 2006 10:47 PM

"Argh" (smacks head against publishing wall, again).

Good thing my pirates use better English than that anyway. Even betterer English than I use. Wait a sec... Better rewrite that. :)

Bruce Arthurs | December 3, 2006 01:12 AM

I know of at least two pirate-themed anthologies in progress and now this as well.

It must be steam pirate time.

Hmm, "steam pirate". Hmm....

[wanders off to ponder the question of what the heck a "steam pirate" would be...?]

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