The scurviest holiday to wash up on our shores has come. It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so pull your three-cornered hat and pantaloons out of Davey Jones’ Locker and celebrate, matey.
The day of swashbuckling and Yo Ho Ho-ing developed from a game of racquetball in 1995. The two founding pirates started to encourage each other with pirate vernacular – like “Arrrr!” when one had a particularly good shot. After the game ended, the talk stuck and, according to the website, they decided to start this new holiday.
“It wasn’t our intention to become ‘the pirate guys,'” said John Baur and Mark Summers on their site. What was just a gathering with friends on Sept. 19, Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, has turned into a worldwide party similar to the Brethren Courts in Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
To help honor the day, we chose our favorite scenes from the most memorable pirate movies. We’ve put those clips in a slideshow at the bottom.
Baur and Summers, aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy, write online talking like a pirate is fun. “It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation. Do you need another reason?”
If you need some help refreshing your corsair banter, you can always change your Facebook language to “English (Pirate).”
And hold on, if you’re looking for any grog or a sugar pastry, at least two national chains have local spots for you to fill your chumbucket with free booty today.
Any mateys who order from Krispy Kreme with some pirate slang will get a free glazed doughnut. And for those of you who have more of a sweet tooth, you can receive a dozen of those golden pastries if you wear three non-weapon swashbuckling regalia like a hat, bandanna, hook or eye patch when you buy something.
The other place is Heavy Seas brewery who distributes to two local bars and several others in Virginia. They will be cask tapping at 6 p.m. along the east coast in attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for most beers being tapped at once. Loose Cannon: IPA with grapefruit will be the beer served.
Here are the bars participating in Virginia (the local ones are bolded):
Arlington: Heavy Seas Alehouse Rosslyn
Charlottesville: Beer Run
Glen Allen: Hurley’s Tavern
Hampton: Park Lane Tavern
McLean: Lost Dog Cafe
Norfolk: The Lagoon
Richmond: Southern Railway Taphouse
Below find our favorite pirate movie clips.