View Full Version : Origin of the pirate accent?

September 18th, 2008, 11:51 PM
I've heard me mateys in the fo'castle arguing about this.

They reckon that it's a West Country accent from England - because Plymouth was the main port where all the pirates set sail from when they went to plunder the Carribean - so they hired a crew of scurvy dogs from the local area.

People in that part of the world do talk a bit like that:




September 18th, 2008, 11:53 PM
The origin is Hollywood.

September 19th, 2008, 12:52 AM
I recall this being mentioned on QI.

Robert Newton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Newton) played Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film of Treasure Island. He happened to be born in Dorset, England and so he had a south-east english accent (west country, cornish, whatever the proper term for that is).

Because that was one of the first portrayals of a treasure-island style pirate in a talking moveie (afaik), his accent has simply become the stereotypical pirate accent.