Whether you consider yourself a pirate, a mermaid, or a landlubber, get ready to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) on September 19th. Created by John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers in 1995, this day has been celebrated on every continent and even the International Space Station since it was popularized by humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002.
How to celebrate
- Forget using a mere “Hello” on ITLAPD. Throw in an “Ahoy, matey!” to greet fellow beachcombers, wave to your neighbor, or send online messages.
- Dress the part of a pirate with a parrot or monkey on your shoulder. Or maybe just dress up your dog. No cutlasses on the beach, please.
- Announce each awesome beach find with “Thar she blows!”
- If the waves take back something you were reaching for, cry out “Arrr!”
- If anyone grabs a beach treasure you had in your sights, call them a bilge rat and threaten to have them walk the plank if they don’t hand it over.
- Cheer “Land ho!” when you leave the lagoon and get back to the parking lot.
- Share photos of your latest beach loot with “Avast, me hearties!” and add #TalkLikeAPirateDay.
- Make sure rum features in the day’s grog, or fight off scurvy with a fruity drink in a coconut.
- No plundering! Whatever you do, keep your hands off other beachcombers’ booty.
This article appeared in the Beachcombing Magazine September/October 2020 issue.