Discord's New Pirate English Language is Hilarious

Discord News Nov 25, 2022

Arrr, mateys! Ready to jump on board the hypeship? Recently, Discord released a private feature for some users: the ability to change your language to Pirate English! The move comes as a surprise to many, as the chat app is not known for its light-hearted and fun features.

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The update was announced in a blog post on the Discord website, which explained that the new language is “a hilarious way to talk like a pirate”.

The post went on to say that the pirate language feature is not available to all users at this time, but that the company is working on making it available to everyone “in the future”.

If you’re looking for a laugh, be sure to check out the new Pirate English language on Discord!

Pirate Speak: What is it?

The linguist Molly Babel points out that our current associations of pirate speech came about largely through film, and that one of the primary influences was the native West Country dialect of Robert Newton, who played the main characters in several early pirate movies: Treasure Island in 1950, Blackbeard the Pirate in 1952, and Long John Silver in 1954. Here’s a selection of some of Newton’s finest piratical moments:

You can already hear some of the phrases that would become standard pirate fare, such as “flay your shriveled tongue” and “scurvy dog.”

I can only think of one explanation. At some point in time, some actor must have needed to play one of these pirates. Upon discovering that his pirate character was from the West Country, he decided to use the appropriate accent. And somehow this convention must have spread.

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FUN FACT : There's a holiday which is called International Talk like Pirate day!
In in 2000s, it was just meant to be a joke made by 2 friends. Today, it is celebrated around the world as a way to raise funds for charity organizations, such as Childhood Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Minecraft's Implementations

Billion Dollar Company Mojang secretly slid this feature back in 2017 in the Minecraft Update 1.12. This Easter egg can be toggled by pulling up your crafting menu and typing 'excitedze', it changes your language from anything to Pirate Speak.

A list of some of the translations:

Back to Game- Return Ta the fight, Music-Shanties, Sound- Ocean Breeze, OFF- NAY, ON- AYE, Done- Plundered, Save And Quit To Title- Mark Yer Chart and Abandon Ship, Crafting- Craftin', Furnace- Oven, Chest- Coffer, Repair & Name- Repair 'n moniker, Enchant- Spell Castin', Ender Chest- Tallone's Coffer (pronounced like Tall One's), Stone- Rock, Grass Block- Chunk 'o' Grass, Dirt- Filth, Cobblestone- Pebbles

Discord's Implementation

Now, talking about how Discord is integrating it . It's still a very early feature, but recently we got hold of the Discord Datamine.

Here's a full list of all the changed clauses in the app.

Discord’s Messages for Pirate English
Discord’s Messages for Pirate English. GitHub Gist: instantly share code, notes, and snippets.

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