It’s A Pirate’s Life

Happy “International Talk Like A Pirate Day“! In honor of today I’m going to give a little info, a few tips and share some photos I’ve taken. Let’s have some fun and get your kids involved or just the child in you.


First, where does this day to don an eye patch, carry a parrot, walking with a peg leg, buccaneering and the use of words like “Arg” and “Shiver me timbers” come from?

Well, according to– “International Talk Like A Pirate Day is a parody holiday annually held on September 19. Celebrated for the first time in 1995, the fun holiday encourages people to talk and dress like the sea plunderers of yesteryears.

John Baur (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”) created this holiday on June 6, 1995. Out of respect for World War II’s D-Day, Baur and Summers chose to move the date of the holiday to September 19.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day was a low-key event until 2002 when it received media attention via syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry. Today, it is celebrated around the world as a way to raise funds for charity organizations, such as Childhood Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.”

Second, are a few tips on how to put on your best pirate speach, “Me harties!” Some pirate lingo from suggests:

  • 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.”

Third, if you want to get in on some freebies and specials going on around your town. The Times has some recommendations for you.  “Businesses are using the holiday as an excuse for promotions. Long John Silver’s is giving away free whitefish if you just say “Arrr!”, and Krispy Kremewill dole out a donut to anyone yakking like a scoundrel on the high seas. Radio station DJs have promised to broadcast in pirate-ese. And Mango, a company that produces language-learning software, has put together an elaborate tutorial to help you “parley” in “perfect Pirate” for the occasion. You can even find out your pirate name using this pirate name generator. All of which raises the question of what, exactly, it means to talk like a pirate.”

Personally I think getting in on the Krispy Kreme freeby sounds like fun!kkpirate

Lastly, a few photos I took recently near me. They do this great pirate ride for kids or kids-at-heart, near Myrtle Beach in Murrell’s Inlet. Also, if you’d like to reach another piece about pirates, I wrote this one earlier this month. “Shock and Aarrr!


by~Southern By Design


by~Southern By Design


by~Southern By Design




Filed under Beach Life, humor, Uncategorized

3 responses to “It’s A Pirate’s Life

  1. Pingback: Shock and Aarrr! | Southern By Design

  2. Sally Smith

    Never heard of this talk like a pirate day. Think it’s a good way of raising money for children’s organizations. What is Red Nose Day all about maybe you could write an imformational piece about that day.

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