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September 19th be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, invented by Mark Summers and John Baur (or Captain Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket) of Albany, Oregon, and popularized via a column by Dave Barry. Basically, it's a day when one is supposed to talk (and dress, and act) like a pirate. Why? Because Pirates be cool, and because it be fun. Baur and Summers have written several books about how to talk like a pirate, as well as increasing one's "piratitude." Basically, the awesomest silly holiday ever invented.

On rare occasions, such as in 2009, TLaPD and Rosh Hashanah be fallin' on the same day, and thus be merged into International Talk Like a Jewish Pirate Day. Oy, me mateys!note  The Jewish calendar be repeatin' every 19 years, so the next time this be happenin' will be 2028.



  • This webcomic be bringin' it up.
  • Kingdom of Loathing be celebratin' this every year, with special monsters that be appearin' randomly and messages in chat bein' periodically changed to something more "piratey".
  • In an otherwise unrelated episode of Arthur, "S.W.E.A.T.", Binky be talkin' like a pirate and says it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day. When he continues talking like a pirate the next day, Mr. Ratburn be tellin' him to knock it off.
  • Tom Smith, who wrote the official Talk Like a Pirate Day chanty, also be havin' the Filk Song "Hey, It's Can(n)on!" which be statin' that Hermione Granger be havin' her birthday on September 19, and be goin' on to sing about Hermione as a Pirate Girl.
  • Playing the modern version of Sid Meier's Pirates! on September 19th be causin' everyone in the game, includin' governors and their comely daughters, to be speakin' like pirates.
  • In Batman: Arrr-kham Knight, that scallywag Calendar Man gave an oath on the Eve o' the New Year t' only be causin' his mischief on lesser-known holidays that year. 'Twas on this day that he took the blade to some gent's leg an' affixed a wooden peg in its place, then made the cur walk the plank! He also tried infectin' someone else with scurvy, but they did no' take t' the sickness in time. He be keepin' them 'round fer next year.
  • This very wiki be havin' a small logo change to celebrate.
  • Krispy Kreme used to run a promotional stunt where customers who ordered in a pirate accent would get a free doughnut, while those who came in full pirate garb would get a free box of doughnuts. It should save you some embarrassment to know now that the promotion has since been discontinued.
  • "Poor Pirates" from The SpongeBob Musical has it's pirate singers bemoaning, among other things, that no one celebrates their one holiday: Talk Like A Pirate Day.
  • The Sims 4: Seasons includes Talk Like A Pirate Day as a randomly appearing holiday. During the day, you can hear characters Speaking Simlish with pirate accents, and a lot of interactions are renamed to fit the day, such as Friendly Introduction becoming “Ahoy, Matey”, while Rude Introduction becomes “Avast, ye villain”.
  • Hearthstone: Every hero be talkin' like this with a special Greetin' emote on the day. Unless ye be playin' as a scurvy landlubber...
    Khadgar: We celebrate... sea criminals today?
  • The September 19 2006 Arthur, King of Time and Space strip is bein' set in the Space Arc, with Kay mentionin' that Merlin be sayin' the date used to be Talk Like a Pirate Day. Since in his crewmates' experience, what Space Pirates be mostly sayin' is "Oh crap, it's the Excalibur! Aargh!", they're not sure they see the point.
  • Irregular Webcomic!:
    • The September 19 2008 strip is bein' set in the Pirates theme (o' course) with Wendy teachin' the Mate the basics o' pirate grammar. DMM had previously been sayin' as his buffer was avast enough that he'd usually already a-written the September strips afore any lubber was remindin' him.
    • The September 19 2009 strip be havin' the Royal Navy talkin' like pirates, while the pirates themselves be talkin' like Naval officers. When it was bein' rerun on 8th April 2023, DMM was suggestin' that 8th April should be bein' International Talk Like a Posh Brit Day.
  • In Episode 10 of HFIL, there is a brief debate about everyone's favorite holidays. Bojack, the resident Space Pirate, proudly declares that this day is his favorite holiday, since he'll be the one correcting everyone else on how they should be speaking.