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18 ways to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Killy. Ol’ Chumbucket is one of the founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Photo from International Talk Like A Pirate Day)

Ahoy! Scallywags and buccaneers, carousers and corsairs, avast! It’s Sept. 19, the scurviest day of the year.

No, it has nothing to do with a certain new Apple product —  it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Cast off ye long clothes and put on ye eye patch. Here are 18 ways to pillage and plunder.

  1. Figure out your pirate name with this pirate name generator.
  2. Learn how to talk like a pirate in English — or even in German, Chinese or French if you’re the ambitious type. There’s even an English-to-Pirate translator and a pirate dictionary. Here are the basics: Change “you”to “ye” and “my” to “me.” Use the following as adjectives and use them liberally: bloody, smarmy, scurvy, swashbuckling. Crucial verbs: pillage, plunder. More words here.
  3. Get a free donut at Krispy Kreme if you show up in full pirate gear.
  4. Splice the mainbrace! That’s pirate for “have a drink.” Rum is the obvious choice. Check out this recipe for grog. Or swig one of these pirate-themed craft beers.
  5. Change your Facebook language. Under general settings, select “English (pirate).”
  6. Put on a pirate playlist.
  7. Retweet a pirate joke.
  8. X marks the spot on this Google map of TLPD events around the world.
  9. Sing a salty sea shanty.
  10. Build a pirate ship. How-to guides here and here.
  11. Brush up on pirate weaponry.
  12. Learn to tie a sailing knot.
  13. Live like a pirate. Here’s seven rules from the real pirate code courtesy of Mental Floss.
  14. Visit a local pirate-themed haunt. In the D.C. area, that would be Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring.
  15. If you have to batten down the hatches and stay indoors, watch a pirate movie. Here’s a list of the top 50 pirate movies. Read “Treasure Island,” “Robinson Crusoe” or one of these pirate-themed books.
  16. Look like a pirate. Pinterest has umpteen DIY costume tutorials. Going to work? You might opt for a more subtle approach: a red-and-black ensemble with boots and some shiny accessories should do the trick. Bonus points if you wear one hoop earring.
  17. Bake a cake shaped like a pirate ship or one of these other swashbuckling snacks.
  18. If you encounter a foe or frenemy, feel free to tell him or her what a rapscallion, scallyway, bilge-sucking son of a biscuit-eater he or she is.