Going on the Account: Everything You Know Is Wrong…?

Yes, the quote’s from a title of an old Firesign Theater album that I listened to too many times years ago; seems appropriate somewhat as the following items hit the wires:

*  According to National Geographic, pirates didn’t talk like pirates.  OK, admittedly, we don’t have recordings of old pirates speaking about the good old days in the 1710s, and maybe Robert Newton’s pulling from his native West Country where the novel starts for inspiration may have colored what we think they sounded like.  And perhaps pirates spoke more like folks from where they grew up and spoke in a polyglot aboard their ships that sounded less like Treasure Island and more like Call It Sleep.  Which in many ways could be a lot cooler, the more you consider it.

But then again, as was said once in a John Ford film, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  So sure, not all pirates sounded like Robert Newton, but who are we to want to denude the Brethren of the Coast of some of their more colorful characteristics?  Do we really want to claim pirates didn’t speak in a way that doesn’t make your ears pick up and draw your attention?  And really, what would we replace such colorful phrasing with?  Brooklynese?

Eh yose guys, I’ll shiver yer timbers if you don’ stop mucking aroun’ over there and hand me yer freekin’ booty, capiche?

No, let’s keep the tradition for a while longer every September 19th, OK…?

* A story in Gizmodo about US war plans against the British Empire drawn up in 1930 is worth noting for a few reasons, among them my tendency to be drawn to AltHis pieces.  (I even once upon a time gave a how-to on crafting AltHis pieces; good days, those…)


What’s interesting in this is how the heart of the plan to get back at the British involved going through Canada.  Which seems odd considering how badly the last few invasions went off.  There’s no guarantee that this plan from 1930 would have succeeded any better than the last few tries, or go better for us than some have predicted it might…

Speaking of wrong as in “Just plain wrong,” there’s a lot of griping about Facebook’s new changes.  They say that a lot of folks may move over to Google+ this time, finally, after one change too many.

I’m staying with Facebook for the moment, and I can be found there if you’re so inclined.  Just in case you might like what’s online over here and are looking for a lot more.  No pressure, just saying…

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