Aye, me hearties! September 19th marks International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Whether a seadog or a landlubber ye be, it’s time to brush up on your pirate slang and get ready to celebrate the funniest holiday in the calendar.
What is Talk Like A Pirate Day?
Talk Like A Pirate Day started out as a joke between John Baur and Mark Summers, two ordinary mates from the States. During a competitive game of racquetball, Baur let out a cry of ‘arrrggh’ when straining to reach a shot. They continued talking like pirates for the rest of the game. It was so much fun, that they promised to spend one day of every year talking to one another in pirate slang.
Initially, Talk Like A Pirate Day was something Baur and Summers celebrated between themselves. But in 2002, they happened to stumble across the email address of award-winning comic and author Dave Barry. Who better, the pals thought, to draw attention to Talk Like A Pirate Day and turn it into an official holiday?
Barry was surprisingly quick to respond to the friends’ email, and worked his magic to turn Talk Like A Pirate Day into the internationally-recognised event it’s become.
There are lots of ways to get involved in Talk Like A Pirate Day 2019, like playing pirate-themed slot games on bgo.com, though speaking like the peg-legged treasure hunters you know from film and TV is the obvious choice. Here are a few phrases to help get you started talking like Captain Hook, Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard:
- Ahoy, matey! (Hello, old friend)
- Avast ye (Look out)
- Seadog (Old pirate)
- Scallywag (Mischievous rascal)
- Batten down the hatches (Get ready for the storm)
- Landlubber (Someone not skilled at sailing)