Arrrrrrrrg: international "talk like a pirate" day

Believe it or not, it is the 10th anniversary of "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!

From ABC News:

Across the world today, millions of people are celebrating what has quickly become a beloved tradition -- International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

As legend has it, the annual tradition that takes place on September 19 was launched by friends "Ol' Chumbucket" John Baur and "Cap'n Slappy" Mark Summers in Albany, Ore., in 1995 as a means to glamorize the golden age of piracy in maritime history. Though it began as a gag between the two men, the concept quickly caught fire when they contacted Dave Barry, the humor columnist for the Miami Herald.

In a 2002 column, Barry, known for poking fun at life's little foibles, told readers about International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAP), and quickly, the idea hatched by the two Oregonians became a worldwide phenomenon.

"As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Is that a great idea, or what? There are so many practical benefits that I can't even begin to list them all," Barry wrote in 2002.

Religious themed variations are out there as well. The Rev. David Hansen posted The Pirate Creed:

We believe in one God, the Almighty Admiral, Maker o’ heaven and ‘arth, and o’ all things natural and ghostly.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
T’only Son o’ God, says I, eternally begotten o’ the Admiral,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, nar made, o’ one Bein’wi’ the Father.
Through him all things t’were made.

Far us and far arr salvation
he opened the hatch o’ heav’n
and dropped into the hold:
by the pow’r o’ the Holy Ghost
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made a swabbie.

Fer arr sake he was keel-hauled
by that the scurvy dog, Pontius Pilate;
and was sent t’ Davy Jones’ locker.

On the third day he came back in accardance with the book;
he ascended into heaven
and be seated at the right hand o’ the Admiral.

He will come again in glory t’judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will ha’e no end.
Avast then!

We believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, the giver o’ life,
who proceeds from the Admiral and the Cap’n.
With them two, he be worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one dunkin’ far the forgiveness o’ sins.
We look far the resurrection o’ the dead,
and the life o’ the world t’come.

So says one, so says us all. Aye aye

And for good measure:


Comments (9)

Really funny. Anglicans like talking like pirates, especially when we are talking about stewardship, which we describe as "time, talent, and TREASURE" ( hardly ever use the M word-- money!).

Thanks for this timely reminder, which also clears up a little mystery. The other evening my four-year-old granddaughter, who attends a well-regarded Roman Catholic preschool in the Los Angeles area, reported to her parents about a very engaging school lesson that day involving a pirate who went about collecting animals on his ship. The children were allowed to take turns adding animals to the ship, two by two. After some further questioning, her daddy asked, "What was the pirate's name? Was it by any chance . . . Noah?" "Yes!" the little one replied. "He's a pirate and his name is Noah."

This led me to begin fantasizing about a total rewrite of the Bible -- The Pirate Old Testamant, The Pirate New Testament -- and special services -- Pirate Evensong? Little did I imagine that the Roman Catholics were out ahead of us in not only observing ITALP Day, but actually preparing the children for it ahead of time!

Big deal. I only observe International Talk Like A Somali Pirate Day. AAAAARRRGGH, A NAVY SEAL SHOT ME!!

The following links are provided as a service to you all:

Download "The Pirate Eucharist" (Liturgy and Music) at

then listen to "The Pirate Gloria" at

Both are the work of Mark Schweizer, author of the Liturgical Mystery series set in the fictitious town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. They feature Hayden Koenig who is both Chief of Police and organist/choirmaster at St Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Pepper Marts

I served as Vicar of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Albany, Oregon from 2002 to 2009 and can verify the legend of the origins of this day is quite true. Don't forget the Krispy Kreme promotion, too!

Thanks to Pepper for the post to the links and for the work of Mark Schweizer to keep our sails full of wind.


Q: What does a Pirate Baptismal Service involve?

A: Total immersion (preferably via walking the plank), followed by a raucous reception featuring plenty of rum and Dunkin Donuts (what's this about Krispy Kreme???).

Pepper, I'd love to hear the Pirate Gloria. Alas, the link takes me to a 4rrr-0-4rrr.

Torey Lightcap

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