Yarr! Facebook's Pirate English and Other "Easter Eggs"
We've all seen (or heard rumors, or looked for) those hidden secrets in movies (especially Disney), DVD extras, software, hardware, or firmware. Deemed "easter eggs," because they're fun to look for and even more fun when you actually find them, facebook's pirate english is no exception to this "fun" rule- even if it means that your cell phone is called a "parrot" videos are "bewitched portraits" and friends are "Hearties."
Wikipedia gives a better explanation: Easter eggs are messages, videos, graphics, sound effects, or an unusual change in program behavior that sometimes occur in a software program in response to some undocumented set of commands, mouse clicks, keystrokes or other stimuli intended as a joke or to display program credits.
So, basically, you've got a bunch of nerdy programmers looking to stretch their talents- aka hiding something silly/geeky/funny/techy into whatever it is they are creating. And other crazy techy people love to look for them. It's similar to how you would search for those secret codes or passages in Mario Kart (i <3 mariokart...)
And Facebook's Pirate English is no exception... according to nick burcher's blog, Facebook rolled out this new language (and trust me, it's a full language) not only to show off their translation skills, but on "national pirate day."
Mashable writes that Facebook also like to hide quotes at the bottom of the page, including (but not limited to) "only the craftiest of quails survive hunting season”. Highlight the area to see it. Interesting.
Downgrade: new regulations have limited the number of secret nerdy things you can add into an application- mainly because of the fear behind this thought: if you can add in a seperate language, what else can you do? who is checking your work?
boo. i vote for innovation and the creation of hilarious languages.