To err is human. To arr is pirate. To harr is Mumford

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I see everywhere this sentence when referring to the band Mumford and Sons. I dont get the meaning of arr and harr it probably is a subtle pun for native only. Could anybody explain it? Here is a link to the sentence, but it can be found in many youtube comments

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  • Biffo

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    English - England
    1. “To err is human; to forgive, divine.”
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
    English poet

    2. "to arr is pirate" There is a myth that, in the old days, English-speaking pirates all spoke with a particular regional accent. In some parts of Britain "arr" is a dialect word for "yes"

    In American and British popular culture, the ... pirate stereotype owes its tradition mostly to depictions of Captain Hook and his crew in theatrical and film versions of Peter Pan, Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in the film Treasure Island...

    Note that Robert Newton single-handedly gave rise to this idea of how pirates spoke.

    Sample 'pirate' conversation:
    "Arr, Jim lad how be 'ee me hearty?"
    "Oi be well thanks Cap'n"


    3. Here is an explanation of "har" from Urban Dictionary.
    The basic lyrics for almost every Mumford & Sons song.
    Person 1: Do you know that Mumford song that goes like "har, har, har"?
    Person 2: Which one?
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