National Speak Like A Pirate Day

A group of friends dressed as pirates, standing on a pirate ship, holding swords and speaking in pirate slang..
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Arrr, me matey! Avast ye! It be National Speak Like a Pirate Day, a day where landlubbers and scoundrels alike come together to embrace their inner buccaneer! Get ready to walk the plank of linguistic adventure and unleash your best pirate speak. Shiver me timbers, this be a day ye won't want to miss!

When is Speak Like A Pirate Day?

It's national speak like a pirate day on the 19th September.

All Aboard the Pirate Ship!

Ahoy there, me hearties! National Speak Like a Pirate Day be celebrated on September 19th each year, and it all started back in 1995. John Baur and Mark Summers, a couple of scallywags from Oregon, came up with the idea while playing a friendly game of racquetball. They realized that talking like pirates can be a tremendous amount of fun, and thus, a national day was born.

The two pirates, also known by their pirate names Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket, decided to take their idea to the internet. They shared their swashbuckling concept on various chat boards and websites, and soon it spread like wildfire across the seven seas of cyberspace.

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum...or Not?

Now, ye might be wonderin' what ye should do on this fine day of pirate jargon. Well, me matey, the options be as vast as the Great Blue. Ye can practice yer pirate accent, engage in discussions with your co-workers entirely in pirate speak, or even dress up like a fearsome pirate! Just don't go around looting and plunderin', or ye may find yerself in Davy Jones' locker. Remember, this day be all about havin' a jolly good time and spreading some high-seas laughter.

Arrr, speaking like a pirate be truly an art form. Ye'll need to be fluent in words like 'ahoy,' 'avast,' 'me hearties,' and 'yo ho ho.' Brush up on yer pirate vocabulary, and ye'll be turnin' heads faster than a cannonball through the sky. If ye need some practice, there be plenty of online pirate translators that can lend ye a hand in perfectin' yer pirate dialect.

Hoist the Jolly Roger, Me Mateys!

National Speak Like a Pirate Day has garnered a loyal following over the years, with people from all walks of life donning their pirate hats and eyepatches. It's a day of silliness and camaraderie, where ye can let yer inner pirate out to play. So gather ye crew, hoist the Jolly Roger, and let the pirate shenanigans begin!

History behind the term 'Speak Like A Pirate'


The Charter of the International Talk Like a Pirate Day

In 1995, two friends, John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), were playing racquetball. During the game, one of them accidentally exclaimed 'Arrr!' in a pirate-like voice. Inspired by this moment of spontaneous pirate talk, they decided to create a day dedicated to speaking like pirates. They wrote a formal letter to Dave Barry, a well-known syndicated humor columnist, asking him to publicize their idea. This laid the groundwork for the International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is celebrated annually on September 19th.


Gaining Media Attention

In 2002, Dave Barry mentioned the International Talk Like a Pirate Day in his column, bringing significant attention to the nascent event. The publicity caused a surge in interest, as people embraced the idea of talking like swashbuckling buccaneers. The day quickly gained popularity, with individuals, schools, and even some businesses joining in the fun. The widespread media coverage solidified International Talk Like a Pirate Day as an annual celebration of pirate-themed language and humor.


Recognition by National Days Calendar

In 2006, the creators of International Talk Like a Pirate Day gained further recognition when their celebration was added to the National Days Calendar. This calendar showcases and promotes unique and peculiar holidays, bringing them to the attention of a wider audience. The inclusion of the pirate-inspired day in the National Days Calendar further contributed to its growing popularity and ensured its continued observance in subsequent years.


Integration into Pop Culture

During the 2010s, speaking like a pirate on September 19th became more than just a quirky celebration. The pirate language and culture began to infiltrate various forms of media and entertainment. Movies like 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series, featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, greatly contributed to the romanticized image of pirates, further fueling the public's interest in talking like pirates. This integration into pop culture solidified the pirate dialect as a fun and recognizable concept, extending beyond the designated day of celebration.

Did you know?

Did you know that the creators of Speak Like a Pirate Day, Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket, were officially recognized by the city of Portland, Oregon, in 2008? Talk about a pirate's dream come true!


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First identified

19th September 2015

Most mentioned on

19th September 2016

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