Celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 4:30PM

Celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pull out your eyepatch and start practicing your “aarghs”—International Talk Like a Pirate Day is on its way!

This day, which falls on September 19th every year, was created by a pair of friends over a game of racquetball in 1995. The two men, John Baur and Mark Summers, thought up the idea after talking in pirate speak throughout their game (after all, phrases like “Ahoy, ye matey” and “Shiver me timbers” are just fun to say!).

In today’s blog, we will be looking at a few fun (and purely wacky) ways to celebrate the day with your family.

Use tech tools to switch to pirate speak

It’s easy enough to incorporate pirate speak into your everyday conversations with family—but did you know that you can speak like a pirate online, too? For a fun way to spend this holiday, you can enter in text or online posts into a site like which will automatically convert your message into a pirate-style post. You can also search for “Google Pirate” and turn your Google search page into a pirate interface, where “search” and “settings” are replaced with terms like “searrrch” and “me likes an’ dislikes.” It’s an easy way to incorporate a bit of fun into your everyday online routine.

Have a pirate party

Now is a great time to plan or throw your very own pirate-themed party on board. Even though this year’s day falls on a Monday, you can always celebrate early and invite family and friends to join in the party with you—you can give everyone captain hats and eyepatches to get started, and be sure to encourage plenty of pirate speak throughout the day! You’ll be cruising the high seas on a modern Monterey powerboat, but today you can imagine that you’re on board your very own tall ship.

Create your own costume

To mark the day in a big way, fashion your own pirate costume or make one for your child (and with Halloween right around the corner, you know your efforts won’t go to waste!). It can be as simple as you want it to be—for a very easy combination, you can pair a striped shirt with a black vest, skull-and-crossbones captain’s hat and, of course, an easy eyepatch to top it all off.

As lovers of the water, we boaters often have an interest in the swashbuckling side, too—so be sure to enjoy the day with your best crewmates by your side!

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