Avast Mateys! Kristy here, and I’m super excited that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arr! I want all you Iggles, land lubber or not, to properly celebrate this prestigious holiday! I want to see everyone dawning pirate hats and adding “Arr” after everything they say. Otherwise, I’ll make ye walk the plank! I’ve prepared a proper guide to help you to celebrate the day, and teach you a bit about it. And I’ve been prepping my vocal cords with rum and I think I have the perfect pirate call!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was started in 1995 by two dudes from Oregon, John Baur and Mark Summers. (Please keep in mind that while they are both dudes, they are not THE Dude). The concept was formed during a rousing game of racquetball, when John and Mark started exchanging motivational pirate slang. And to make things even more interesting, the pair was able to get famed columnist, Dave Barry in on the action. You can check out Dave’s column here! Make sure to check out even more coverage on this great holiday, including a feature in USA Today, Time Magazine, and the NY Daily News.


Pirate Lingo

Need some help pirate-fying your speech? Here are some easy pirate words to help you get started!
Ahoy! – Howdy
Argh! – *a sound pirates make*
Arr! – I agree with that!
Avast! – Whaaaat?!
Aye! – Yes
Aye aye! – Yes, right away!
Bilge rat – You scumball!
Booty! – Treasure or something that rocks it everywhere!
Lubber – Ha! You’ve never been out to sea, chicken!
Shiver Me Timbers! – I’m shocked! And slightly annoyed!
Savvy – Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? *Most commonly used by Captain Jack Sparrow*

Still struggling with the pirate tongue? Check out this great article on Time with tips on how to properly pirate your speak! Or check out Black Bart’s Locker with lots more pirate language tips!

Pirate-ify your Facebook page!

Did you know you can even change your Facebook to Pirate speak? Simply click the language you are currently using in the right column on the bottom, and switch it to Pirate!


Listen to a pirate-y tune!

Why not watch this great music video by Tom Mason and The Blue Buccaneers, in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day? It’s sure to get you in a pirate-y mood!

Enter to win a Pirate-y game from R & R Games!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day comes with perks, including your chance to win a board game from R&R Games! So lay anchor down by their vessel on Facebook and enter to win!
It’s for US mateys only – enter to win!

Who is your favorite pirate?

Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

We know, this is a really hard one… Leave a comment to let us know!

What else can I do to celebrate?

There’s so much you can do for International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Aside from pulling out your favorite pirate lingo, why not put on an eye patch and throw a pirate party? And did you know Krispy Kreme is giving out free doughnuts to all pirates today? Maybe you can generate your Pirate name to really get in the mood! Perhaps you want to get in on an actual Talk Like a Pirate Day event – there’s a Google Map for that! There’s far too much you can do to celebrate, and we want to know how you’re celebrating! So let us know that as well in a comment! Be sure to check out the actual official International Talk Like a Pirate Day website here. Thanks for reading – now go walk the plank, you scallywag!