Ahoy there, mateys! Today is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," which means thousands of lubbers around the world will unleash their inner pirates. Planning on throwing a pirate-themed party for your kids? Want to wear knickers and an eye patch to work? Here's a primer for all things pirate:
This unique holiday was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) of Albany, Ore. It was their vision that every Sept. 19, everyone in the world should talk like a pirate, which means swapping "hello" for "ahoy, matey" when greeting people.
According to the official "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" website, there are five basic words that will help you shiver up your timbers and adopt some pirate language for the day:
* Ahoy! -- "Hello!"
* Avast! -- Stop and give attention, such as "Check it out" or "No way!"
* Aye! -- "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
* Aye aye! -- "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
* Arrr! -- This can mean "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy."
Facebook as a pirate
It's easy to switch the language on your Facebook page to Pirate. Here's how: On the right-hand side of your "News Feed," below the sponsored ads you'll see five small links. Click on the "English (U.S.)" link and you'll be taken to a page that allows you select a language. Look for "English (Pirate)." Click the link and your page will appear in pirate lingo.
Just for kids
There are a few pirate-themed books, TV shows and movies you can enjoy with your kids. Here are a few:
Read: "How I Became a Pirate," by Melinda Long (Harcourt, Inc., $16.99); "Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate," by Kim Kennedy (Harry N. Abrams, $16.95); "Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC," by June Sobel (HMH Books for Young Readers; $6.99).
Watch: "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" (rated PG); "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" on Disney Jr.; "Muppet Treasure Island" (rated G); "Hook" (rated PG); "Pirates of the Caribbean" (rated PG-13).
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