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Talk Like a Pirate Day
Talk Like a Pirate Day originators
Mark (Cap'n Slappy) Summers
& John (Ol' Chumbucket) Baur.

Is it the eye patch? The peg leg? — Or just the chance to say "aargh!" or "ay, matey!" every five minutes?

Join the fun this September 19 when "X" marks the spot on Talk Like a Pirate Day -- celebrated worldwide with favorite pirate jokes, sayings, and general cavortin'.

This year, watch for the partyin' to embark on a full weekend of revelry as 2017 Talk Like a Pirate Day is officially observed on Tuesday, September 19th.

How "Talk Like a Pirate Day" began

Pirate Lingo - (The Short Course)

Ahoy! - "Yo!"
Avast! - "Check it out!"
Aye! - "Yes."
Arrr! - "That's right!" (often confused with arrrgh...)
Arrrgh! - "I'm VERY miffed."

Pirates have been talkin' trash and lootin' treasure for centuries now.

However, it's only been a few years since Oregon natives John Baur and Mark Summers - in what they call a "temporary moment of insanity" - first set sail with the idea of Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is now quickly on its way to becoming one of the most popular celebrations since Halloween.

You can also use your silliest pirate talk to get free booty during traditional promotions offered by Kripsy Kreme, Long John Silver's, and other nationwide US chains during Talk Like A Pirate Day!

How to talk like a pirate

  • talk like a pirate!Start right away by dropping your "g's" - as in sailin' or drinkin'.

  • Avoid any pronunciation of "r's" so that "ever" becomes "e'er", and "never" becomes "ne'er".

  • Substitute "you" for "ye" and "my" for "me". For example: "I want me grog ye scurvy dog!"

  • If all else fails, begin every other sentence with a scowl and a hearty "Aarrgh."

Around the Web, also check out complete courses in pirate lingo, pirate jokes & sayings, and be sure to bone up on pirate history — along with how to's for inviting your favorite buckos and wenches to a legendary pirate party.

Aye! More about celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day around the Web:


International Talk Like a Pirate Day - The official site with complete basic and advanced pirate lingo plus a treasure trove of online pirate fun & games, pirate songs, party ideas, teacher lesson plans, online store, FAQ.

How to Talk Like A Pirate - WikiHow entry with tips on scowling, and using the right words in context with a glossary of favorite words and sayings. Scroll down for more on How To Talk Like A Pirate Day, How To Pick a Pirate Name, and How to Act Like a Wench.

Yarrgh! - Everyone's favorite pirate jokes, songs & sayings - now with audio pronunciation.

Pirate Lingo - More spirited pirate talk.

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