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The WSJ takes a look at how pirate enthusiasts are mad at the pirates off the Somalia coast for ruining all their fun. The people who don the traditional pirate clothing and punctuate their sentences with "aaaar, matey," have found it's suddenly less fun to espouse the liberating pirate lifestyle when Somali teenagers armed with AK-47s are threatening world commerce. "There ought to be a different word for pirates in their current incarnation," said the co-founder of the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day. When he suggested different names on his MySpace page, "I got a huge response," he said, "from people saying 'amen.' Or 'aaaar-men.' "
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