How the Classic “Arrrrrr” Noise Worked Its Way Into Movie Pirate Speak
The classic “arrrrr” noise that accompanies pirate-speak in movies is thought to have its origins in the 1950s version of Treasure Island. Actor Robert Newton played a particularly memorable pirate character, Silver. He later popularly reprised the role in sequels and on TV. His accent on the films featured a very strong rolling of the R’s, which is thought to be how “arrrrr” worked its way into pirate-speak. Most of the rest of pirate-speak, like “avast”, are simply just old nautical terms classically used by all seaman, not just pirates.
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