International Talk like a Pirate Day

1talk-like-a-pirate1International Talk like a Pirate Day

Ahoy, Matey! Did you know that September 19 is International Talk like a Pirate Day? It’s a day just for fun: a day to let out the pirate in each of us.

Communication Matters encourages communication of all kinds, including this fun way!

Here are some of the basics:

  • Ahoy! – “Hello”
  • Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa!
  • Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!”
  • or “Get off!”
  • Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
  • Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
  • Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrgh, which is of course the sound you
  • make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes”, I agree,”
  • I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all, ” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.”
  • And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

These terms and descriptions were taken from

You can visit this website to also determine your pirate personality and generate your pirate name.

free-krispy-kreme-donutsYou may ask “Where, when, and how did International Talk like a Pirate Day being? According to, John Baur and Mark Summers created the concept of International Talk like a Pirate Day on June 6, 1995.  While playing racquetball, they began to talk to each other in Pirate-speak. After leaving the court, they decided that there was a need to create this day. After much thought, Mark Summers selected September 19 as the date. This was his wife’s birthday so he thought it would be an easy date to remember. Also, Krispy Kreme celebrates by giving away a free glazed doughnut if you talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch. If you dress up in full pirate regalia, you get a whole dozen!

Get to practicing smartly, Matey, before you are asked to walk the plank!