International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Across the world shouts of "shiver me timbers" fill the air. Wednesday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This tradition is ten years in the running, and doesn't look to let up any time soon. It is simple, every September 19th there is a free pass to say anything in "pirate" jargon.

At the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, people flock to see pirate artifacts. Today, participation was even more lively as many tried out a pirate saying or two.

Curator of Nautical Artifacts David Moore says they always see a big turn out at the museum around Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Moore says many of the pirate sayings aren't historically accurate.

"Three hundred years ago, if you were to meet a pirate he would sound just like any other person from that time period. He would be speaking in the native language or brogue."

Moore says pirates 300 years ago would use more nautical terms, but phrases like "avast ye land lubbers" were thrown into the mix from famous books like Treasure Island, or movies featuring pirates. 

"And like the internet, once that idea is out there it stuck," says Moore.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day does coincide with the fairly recent trend to glorify pirates. The tradition started just a year before the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was released in 2003.

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