Talk Like a Pirate DayAre people around you spontaneously talking like pirates? Have you noticed that several major websites like Flickr have added pirate flags to their logos? Hold on to your eye patch! Today is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day“!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day?!

The parody holiday “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” was invented in 1995 by John Baur (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”), of the United States, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of the Talk Like A Pirate holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, me hearty!” Or a Pirate pick up line might be “I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon.”

Participating Websites

Several major websites have made “Pirate” an official language in their interfaces. For example, both Google (link) and Facebook allow you to change your language settings to Pirate.

Google Pirate Search
The Google Search interface with “Pirate” selected as the language for the user.

How to Change Your Facebook Language to “Pirate”:

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Click on the ENGLISH Hyperlink at the bottom left-hand side of your screen.
  3. Select English (pirate)

Why September 19th?

The date was selected because it was the birthday of Summers’ ex-wife and consequently would be easy for him to remember.

Your Pirate Name

If you were a pirate, what would your name be? Some of our writer’s names are Gout-Ridden Richards, Cap’n Collin No-Beard, Jonny Bloodsmear, Swishy Gia, Walt Poopdeck, and Bonnie Bloodbath. Here’s a handy pirate name generator if you want to create a Pirate Name for yourself.


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