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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Portrait of a pirate holding a sword and sporting an eyepatch.

It’s September and the 19th day of the month is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so prepare to walk the plan. . . errr, hear some piratical language  — words like blimey, ahoy, and swab for instance. To get a jump and be ready to talk like a pirate to get in on the fun, The Nantucket Gate Blog has pulled together some piratical resources for members of our apartment community here in Tacoma, WA — so blow the man down! 

A couple of blokes, John Baur and Mark Summers by name were playing a game of racquetball way back in 1995. While playing they threw around some pirate speak. The upshot of that experience was that they decided that a day should be set aside for everyone to talk like a pirate. 

The date, September 19th, was chosen because it was Mark’s wife’s birthday. Over the next few years, a localized following of pirate speak every September happened. The concept took off after Miami Herald humor columnist, Dave Barry, featured the holiday in his writing. (You can read the original column here.) 


No one really knows why, except maybe perhaps it seemed like a good idea at the time. We agree that it is a great idea.

Talking like a pirate takes a bit of practice, but with the right terminology at your fingertips, you can be a pro in no time. We’ve included this  Pirate Glossary  to give you a foot up in preparation for the big day. We bet you’ll learn things about pirates, ships, and the seven seas that you didn’t know before.  

What obscure holidays are your favorites? Feel free to share in the comments, and thanks for reading today’s blog post!