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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Tampa Bay Times

Ahoy thar mateys, Monday ‘tis Talk Like a Pirate Day, a fake holiday that should be near and dear to Tampa Bay’s Gasparilla hearts.

You can find handy-dandy pirate language translators online and even get a free fish basket at Long John Silver’s restaurants if you wear some garb and talk like Blackbeard.

For 20 years, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends turned into an international phenomenon after humorist Dave Barry featured it in a column in the Miami Herald in 2002. More

And if that’s don’t shiver ye timbers, the history of unofficial holidays. Here

Other national days today include adopt a less-adoptable pet day and malnutrition day. Here

26 Comments on Talk Like a Pirate Day

  1. TRF
    SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 AT 5:52 PM
    “Arghhh nice earrings ya got thar matey! How much ya havta pay for ’em?

    A buccaneer…”

    …and WHERE are your buccaneers?


  2. Yes I am a Pirate
    200 years too late
    The cannons don’t thunder
    There’s nothing to plunder
    I’m an over-forty victim of fate…
    Arriving too late
    Arriving too late

  3. ecp SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 AT 6:03 PM

    Did ya know that “ye” is pronounced “the?”


    Well, if so, you might want to spell “the” as Thee since it means “you” or maybe technically “yourself” in modern English.

  4. @SNS — Sometimes I entertain/amuse myself by dropping in a comment that only a few will “get”. That was one of them. (-:

  5. Dadof4

    Maybe it should be shiver ‘yee’ timbers instead if it’s meant to be pronounced as such.

    How is Ye Olde Shoppe said in modern English?

    ‘y’ in ‘ye’ is an adaptation of the letter ‘thorn’ that has always been pronounced ‘th.’

  6. @ ecp

    I’m just saying Thee and ye mean the same thing (especially if it’s pronounced the same way) and it makes sense if people from that age were speaking like that.

    No need to complicate it. Glad you informed me. I’m sure I’ll run across writings that confirm what you said.

    I happen to have a peccadillo about “break a leg” for actors on stage. The “leg” was the lever that raised and lowered the curtains on stage.

    They were wishing the actor so much success that that lever called a leg would break with a multitude of “curtain calls”.

    Another one is “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”

    Of course you must HAVE the cake before eating it, so it’s confusing.

    The original saying is “You can’t eat your cake and have it too”.

    So, somewhere along the line it was reversed because a dummy remembered it wrong and, for dome reason, it stuck.

    That makes perfect sense. Put differently – you can’t spend your money and still have it, dummy!

    Too many people aren’t thinking about what they say. It’s a real problem in today’s world.

  7. What would be funner is a “Talk Like Joe Biden” day.

    “Duh….which way out…left, right….which way?”
    “Where’s my pudding?”
    “Hunter? Who’s he?”
    “oops…Jill, bring me a new Diaper, and hurry”
    “Yes, I stumbled and farted in front of the Queen – it was totally her fault”

  8. Biden (during yesterday’s interview): About that Queen thing…I asked her to pull my finger, she did, and I let go a monster of a fart… a loud juicy one…then I laughed so hard I stumbled and went face first into the punch bowl. Hey, It’s a good old Scranton PA joke. She doesn’t get good old Scranton humor.

    It’s her fault because she looked so glum. All I’se was tryin’ to do was to cheer up the old broad but she didn’t laugh…she looked kind of bewildered. I’ll call her tomorrow and apologize.

  9. Dadof4

    You can also say people don’t interpret correctly what’s written and I did just that and hurried a reply as I was being forced out the door to get a kid. I understand your first comment differently and correctly now and it makes sense.

  10. Why was the pirate frightened after his doctor appointment? He was told that he was on his last leg. Arrrrrrrrr, me hearties!!!!

  11. this is not ‘talk like a Pirate’
    this is the way Disney interpreted Pirate speak as to garner more ticket sales for ‘Treasure Island’ & when it got popular …. Pirates of the Caribbean
    “yoo hoo hoo hoo, a pirate’s life for me”

    I seriously doubt if they went around saying “Argggggh” all the time
    Erol Flynn & Basil Rathbone played it straighter

  12. …I’ve been on a Jolly Roger flagged vessel before…we sailed on the mighty Belle of Cincinnati from the hive of scum and villainy that IS Newport, KY, invaded Augusta with our very bad tastes in tourist clothes and left dirty lunch plates in our wake as we retreated past Rosemary Clooney’s house to reboard our bonny ship with our plunder of faux antiques and tourist tchotchkes, withdrawing to our lair to ride the Duck boat later.

    …good times, good times…

    …in case you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, an outfit called BB Riverboats runs dinner cruises and such on the Ohio, and for some reason they have pirate flags on them. They looked like this;

    …oh, by the way that review is NOT me and I do NOT know those people or have ever talked to or met anyone on that thread, its just the best picture I could find; so if you send them hate meant for me, you’re just going to miss me and confuse them, so don’t bother.

    …this was years ago that we last did that, and at the time you could go up to the wheelhouse and sit behind the Captain and crew on a bench and ask stupid questions, so of course I did ask him about it. He told me maritime regulations required hostile boats to fly it to signal unfriendly approach to other boats, but didn’t say why they were hostile, OR why pirates would care about maritime regulations.

    …althogh he did ALSO say the seat in the wheelhouse was called the “Liar’s Bench”, which kind of explains what that previous statement probably was.

    …anyway, that’s my pirate cred, launching my pizza and ice cream eating crew on the hapless shores of the Bluegrass State. Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Maalox!


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