Avast ye landlubbers! In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th) we’d like to share our thoughts on TREASURE! Otherwise known in pirate lingo as “booty”.
Whose Booty? Pirate’s Booty
Just how did the term “booty” come to be used to describe the contents of a pirate’s chest (not simply a reference to his…or her…backside)? Here’s a plausible story according to Yahoo Answers:
The word came from an ancient form of English, the word “bute” pronounced, “boo-tee.” It meant “exchange” as in a financial exchange (i.e. money for property).
The pirates used it in a kind of ironic way, the same way they called themselves “gentlemen of fortune” when they did not act like gentlemen at all. In this case, the joke was that they had “exchanged” the right to stay alive for the victim’s money. Pretending that what they did was an “exchange” rather than robbery gave them a laugh.
Shake Your Booty
Do Pirate’s shake their booties? We really don’t know, but you are welcome to shake yours with (or for) the ones you love in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Might we suggest The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem’s “Drunken Sailor,” so you can shake your booty as you belt out “hoo-ray, up she rises, early in the morning!” And, there’s always the theme song to “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Sharing Our Booty
As members of the Q Crew, we like to joke about being pirates…and we do discuss our booty(s) a lot…but we also go to great efforts to create our treasures using ethically mined and cut stones, recycled metals, and solid business standards. Maybe we don’t make great pirates after all, but we’re awesome jewelers! In honor of Talk Like a Pirate day, we’re offering 15% off your purchases now through October 15 with promotional code QBOOTY, so get yourself some treasure.
In addition to your piratical vocabulary lesson, make sure to learn your 10-letter pirate alphabet: I, I, R, and the seven Cs…(insert corny humor groans here).
Booty Savings (Never Thought We’d Say That…)
Remember, the Q Crew is offering 15% savings on all our treasures through October 15 (and you don’t even have to shake your booty), including the Black and Gold Treasure Bracelet pictured above! Enter code QBOOTY at checkout!
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A joyous Talk Like a Pirate Day to ye! Now, sail forth and pillage your day for all it’s worth! YAAARRRR!