Arrgh! It's Talk Like A Pirate Day - Your Guide For Celebrating

Act right or there's a deck swabbing in your future.

September 19, 2018 - 8:24 am

It’s holiday time: No, not that one, Halloween is more than a month away, you half-witted landlubber. Thanksgiving? Nice try, mateys, but the turkeys are still safe.

Sept. 19 is a different kind of holiday. It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Click here for everything you need to know about this blasted holiday, including the pirate’s dictionary, common and uncommon usage of the word “arrgh” — and a rundown of which pick-up lines you should consider using at the bar after work. (Hint: Never, ever call someone a bilge rat, and always have ‘yer wallet ready to buy the grog. Otherwise, there’s a deck swabbing in your future.)

How did this holiday get started? According to social media lore, it began as a lark between two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, in 2002. They decided to spend an entire day speaking only in pirate lingo. Their friends caught on, then friends of those friends embraced it.

Syndicated columnist Dave Barry  mentioned the phenomenon in one of his columns. The spotlight shined brightly on the boys, who began a press tour, wrote a book and founded a website. Now, they have 134,000 fans on Facebook.

Yes, there are T-shirts, and a Christmas chanty. 

Think it's not a real holiday? Talk Like A Pirate Facebook fan Chris Croft would like to set you straight. 

"Such a fan of such an important day," he wrote. "A day of major significance. Responsible for more smiles and chuckles on the plant than any other day of the year!!!!"