Did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? What began as a joke in a Dave Barry column ten years ago has turned into an annual global phenomenon – and one of my favorite holidays. Here’s your last-minute primer on how to join the celebration.
- Brush up on your pirate slang. Anyone can learn a few key phrases like “Avast me hearties!,” but at the very least, you should practice saying “Arrrgh!”
- Change your Facebook language. Under your Facebook “Account Settings,” change your primary language to “English (Pirate)” for the day. Then the English-to-Pirate translator tool to optimize your status updates and comments.
- Send a treasure map to your buckos. Replace your usual mapping or direction-finding tool with Yarr, Pirate Maps to generate a colorful, animated map for landlubbers.
- Get your grog on. As you might expect, the US, UK and Australia are home to the most ITLAPD parties today – but you’ll even find a few in Asia, Africa and South America, so weigh anchor and “go on account” for the day.
- Hornswaggle a pile of booty. A number of global brands are celebrating ITLAPD with special promotions on Facebook and Twitter, like free fish at Long John Silver’s and drawings for free bottles of rum or cash prizes.
- Do it for the environment. A core tenet of the secular “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” is the correlation between the declining numbers of pirates and the rise of global warming. So, celebrating ITLAPD can only help the planet reverse course, right?
Are you a pirate-speak junkie? What other resources do you know of to help people celebrate ITLAPD?