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Arrrrrrrrg: international “talk like a pirate” day

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:






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

Torey Lightcap

C. Wingate
Jean Lall

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???).

Kurt Wiesner

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


Tom Sramek Jr

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!

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