Pillagin', plunderin', partyin' - or just addin' a little "Arrrrrr"
in your life - we want to know how ye celebrate International Talk Like
A Pirate Day!
After TLAPD 2003, the reports poured in!
Here's what we heard in 2003:
- Oregonians: The
Edge, in The Oregonian newspaper, is ran a Pirate Haiku
contest - first prize, a pair of TLAPD boxer shorts! See the
whole list o' entries here.
- A preschool in New Jersey wrote to ask how the littlest pirates can
get in on the International Talk Like A Pirate Day act. The dauntless
Cap'n Slappy responded at once by putting together an instant "pirate
curriculum fer the young salts. Get a copy for your own school (.pdf
version/rich text version)
- The Farnsworth Museum
in Maine held a special Pirate Day for kids on Sept. 18. Better
a day early than a dollar short!
- The able lubbers o' Pacific Northwest Recovery Team 3,
part of the National Incident Management Team (they've fought forest
fires, helped with hurricane cleanup and were part of the Columbia Space
Shuttle recovery effort) ran a contest for team members to guess where
they'd be on Sept. 19.
And check out their pirate
version of the "10 Standard Firefighting Orders" (translation
provided by Cap'n Slappy.)
- At Siskin Rehab Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., they
celebrated National Rehabilitation Week, Sept. 14-20, with a pirate
theme. Writes staffer Katie Bowman: "The whole week is a pirate
party. We're having employees raise money for our patient care fund
(for indigent patients) by sponsoring management in a "Walk the
Plank" super soaker vs. water balloon shoot-out and patient activities
like "bowl the man down" (bowling) and pin the patch on the
pirate. I'm dressing as a lusty wench for pictures with the patients
and we'll be serving a big breakfast on ship's hull built by our employees
and assembled in our lobby. Each department is designing flags for a
"capture the flag" game as well. The entire hospital will
be decorated with fishnets, flags and skeletons. This is a huge celebration
for us and we love a good time."
- The Richmond Memorial
Library in Batavia, NY ran a trivia contest for students
in grades 7-12 for Talk Like a Pirate Day. The teen area will be decorated
with pirate items (treasure chest, anchor, pirate swords, etc.), books
about pirates will be on display, and anyone interested will have a
chance to enter the trivia contest for a chance to win a gift bag with
was teller-in-residence at The
International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough,
TN Sept. 16-20, and provided loads o' pirate talk on Sept.
- The Homestead, Florida City Chamber of Commerce began
it's annual retreat in Hawk's Key - with a Pirate theme. Writes "Cap'n
Codger" Bob Anderson: "We'll be forming crews of swashbucklers,
privateers, etc., having treasure hunts, doing stuff from the Pirates
of Penzance, having pirate trivia and yes even doing some work (or plundering
as we like to call it). You can be sure that on September 19th there
will be a lot of pirate talk going on. Thanks to far sighted folks like
you, a treasure chest of pirate lore and bad diction will be preserved
for many years ahead."
- Terri the Pirate says the regular lunch crowd at Spera's
in Cicero, N.Y. celebrated its second annual TLAPD.
- Cap'n Stoats of The Grey Lodge Pub, in northeast Philadelphia,
writes "Argg, we be a plannin' a Talk Like a Pirate day at
The Grey Lodge Pub, arrg! We be a havin a treasure chest o' gold, gold
beers that be."
- "Joan" from Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Olympia,
WA, writes: "We are having two "Talk Like A Pirate
Day" Storytimes that week for kids. In addition, all our staff
will be dressing up and talking like pirates on Sept 19th."
- "you can count Gig Harbor (WA) Christian School in
on Sept. 19. this will be our 2nd annual "talk like a pirate day"
. we plan to make the students walk the plank if they get out of line.
I, myself plan to answer the phone with an 'Arrgh, me hearties!'. As
for the rest of the day, we'll make it up as we go along" --Laryssa
"Iron Mary Vane" Schmidt, Office Manager
- Coincidence? TLAPD fell right atop
the Pirate Invasion Weekend at the Maryland Renaissance
- "Just thought I’d let y’all know – our
team of 7th graders (about 150 students) and their teachers will be
participating in Talk Like a Pirate Day!!I teach at a middle school
in Central Florida, and I am part of a 5 teacher team called the Explorers.
Our school theme for the year is “Ocean of Possibilities”
so to better grasp the theme we connected ‘Explorers’ to
pirates and are gearing up for Talk Like a Pirate Day." --Monique
Mesot Foister, Lakeview Middle School , Winter Garden, Florida.
- "Yarr. We wanted to tell you that we are celebrating TLAPD
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this year. We had our own little
party last year (we had had our own Pirate speaking epiphany and when
we saw the Dave Barry column ... we just thought it was fate) and decided
to hoist the sails a little more this year. Just wanted to let ye know
that we're trying to spread the word (about you, the founders and your
web site) in our little beer town. We hope to talk to the local radio
djs and get the word out which will (hopefully) generate a little traffic
on your site". -- yours, Karla Klein (Dirty Mary Vane), Amanda
Kralj-Hill (Dirty Ann Flint), Deb Hall (Mad Bess Rackham)
- "Avast, me hearty! Just a note ta let ye know that our hospital,
Labette County Medical, aka The Seagoing LCMC , will
be celebrating TLAP Day next week! We’re inviting employees to
dress like a pirate or wench and to TLAP all day! (Hope our patients
aren’t put off by a few “Arrrrs!” and “Ahoy,
Mateys!”) We will be taking photos to submit to the webwench.
Thanks for a cool idea! " -- Barbara E. Clark, Director of
Community Relations, LCMC, Parsons, Kansas.
- "OOPS, or Order of Outrageously Positive Seniors,
officially begins it launching date Friday, Sept. 19 around Talk Like
A Pirate Day. Our first chapter out here in tiny Brookings, Oregon,
is dedicated to all things fun, humorous, and absolutely outrageous.
When we received information about your event next week, you would not
believe how many people are going to take part. OOPS began as my brain
child to help seniors locked in by medication, doctors, depression,
loneliness, and general pains in the backside. Goodness knows, we all
need a break from the world situation and news in general. So, we shall
officially cut our orange ribbon at noon, Friday, Sept. 19 in
front of a restaurant called Smuggler's Cove out here in Brookings,
Oregon, and declare the rest of that day dedicated to bilge
rats and bung holes." -- Jan Norwood,
- On September 19, 2003, approximately 6,000 Hoover High
School Buccaneer football fans, cheerleaders, the marching
band, and possibly even the football team, will pause between the first
and second quarters of the Annual Bob Finley Classic football game (9,000-10,000
are predicted to attend - we ARE the state football champs) to don Buccaneer
eye patches in honor of "National Talk Like a Pirate Day".
We will have photographers in place to memorialize the event, and are
in contact with a really nice lady at Guinness World Records who promises
to evaluate our photos. She recently emailed me that if they are sufficiently
impressed, Guinness would actually have to create a new category for
us! Suzanne Scivley, Caravel 2004 Yearbook Sponsor, Hoover High
School, Hoover, Alabama
- "I'll be celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate day
with my "Pirates: Fact and Fiction" class of Minneapolis
7th graders (my school will stay unnamed right now because I have't
mentioned this to my bosses yet) a day early, thanks to our schedule.
Our planned activies so far are a treasure hunt in "boats"
(small groups) and skits where we talk like pirates. The curriculum
is a treat, too, and should come in handy. Pending principal and parent
permission, we'll send you a picture. " -- Holly Olsen, Minneapolis
- I work with a horde of recent college graduates (from the likes
of UT, Texas Tech, A&M, and Southwest Texas) down here in the murks
of San Antonio, TX. Somehow in the past 3 months we
managed to start speakin' like pirates (me thinks it was the Captain
Morgan's pirate that started the whole episode off). But the pirate
talk has been kept to the occasional AARRRR, etc. That was, until I
found you bloke's site less than a fortnight ago. The whole ordeal peaked
last night as we embarked on a ferocious battle of kickball (yea, kickball).
... We went out in full pirate force. The ARRR's and "blow me down"'s
never ceased the whole night. We even had our competition trying to
ARRRR against us, but they were no much for a captain of my ranks. We
stomped them in the championship game. We've been hot on a trail looking
for a mascot for the team for a while now and I think it's quite obvious
what we've chosen now! The Polk High Pirates, matie! (yea, from Married
with Children). This Friday be we planning the adventure of all adventures.
We shall embark off the eastern shore of the Guadalupe River. With the
river being mighty shallow, each matie will be hunting from his own
circular craft ("tubes"). We shall move in a pack, surrounding
our treasure chest of ale. As we float real stealth-like down this river
we will plan our raids of other treasure chest in the midst drinking
our own treasure. The attacks will be conducted in a traditional pirate
method. We surround their treasure vessel real crafty-like. Then on
me signal, we raise our pirate flag, throw on our patches and raid their
chest from all sides!!! Ah, we will score mighty-a-treasure on this
hunt. These unsuspecting bilge rats won't know what hit 'em! Avast!!!
We shall have our treasure!! ARRRRRR!!!! --Captain "Bundy"
- (This'un's a bit long, but we couldn't resist payin' tribute to a
pirate guy who has his priorities straight): Ahoy!
Iron John Kidd here (as the generator quiz aptly names me). First
of all, may I dispense felicitations and so on for the finest idea
for a holiday ever invented, me and my friends are now and forever
in your debt. Sadly I only found out about it on sunday, so this year's
celebration were a bit poorly planned. But oft the best-laid plans
go awry, whereas something thrown together at the last minute (as
the ship's carpenter said to the mate) is often sufficient to make
Day 1: Sunday, spend the entire afternoon poring
over Talk Like A Pirate.com and several of its associated links. Garb:
black jeans tucked into boots. Bandana over the baldspot. Then weigh
anchor with Red Jenny Cash (as the name generator named her) and set
sail for Dead Lobster (oops, that's RED Lobster) for Alota Colada,
which comes with its own bangle of beads and a miniature lobster who
I've adopted as me own sweet pet and named her Shelly. After dinner,
watching a video of Pirates of Penzance with Keving Kline, Linda Ronstadt,
Rex Smith, and Angela Lansbury. Finally: says Red Jenny, "What
now?" Say I, "Prepare to be boarded!"
Day 2: Monday. Awoke late. Garb: Bell bottom
jeans, horizontally striped shirt, bandana. Weigh anchor with Red
Jenny again, off to Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl.
Avoid temptation to buy eye liner.
Day 3: Tuesday. Awoke late again. Garb: cotton
dungarees, white sailor-like shirt. Stocked up on Rum. Red Jenny being
in drydock with her 3 year old the next 3 days, I empty the cargo
hold of the Red Lady (99 Toyota Tacoma) and stow the goods for winter.
DVD of Cutthroat Island coming up after I finish this entry in the
Day 4: Wednesday: Garb to be determined. Entertainment
to be Yellowbeard. There's piratin' to be done!
Day 5: Thursday: Slightly more piratical garb,
swab the decks for the festivites of friday! (Shoulda been the friday
before the autumnal equinox when you were figurin' it! It's not too
late to change it! And you can establish it as a permanent weekend
holiday! Do it lads! Do it smartly!)
Finally, the Day arrives: Friday. Talk Like
A Pirate. If I can get off work at the call center early, get ear
re-pierced. Pirate Party, drink rum and bier. Bliss.
Bravest salutations, Iron John Kidd aka Jon Kerr
- You will be pleased to hear that here in Sydney, Australia,
the offices of General Electric will be celebrating "International
Talk Like A Pirate Day" after some high level discussions
with Human Resources managers, i've managed to get the company to support
it and they have even given me a budget to make it a great day! The
beauty is that there is over 400 employees here and we often answer
phones, so this friday, we'll all be answeing with "Ahoy Maties"!
Just thought id let you know, to show that, 2 peoples stupid idea, can
affect hundreds of people. And all in the name of fun. -- Cap'n
- I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that I'll be celebrating
Talk Like a Pirate Day
on my blog. On TLAPD, all of my blog postings and comments
will be in pirate-speak. -- Dougal
- Bibliodirect features
pirate books: One of the site's features is a "featured"
section where we promote different books each day.We will be celebrating
International Talk Like A Pirate Day on the site tomorrow (Sept. 18)
by featuring various pirate books and linking to your site. -- Lynn
goes TLAP: FunBrain, the Internet's most popular educational
gaming site (used in thousands of schools by millions of kids!)"
is recognizing "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" After learning about
Talk Like a Pirate Day from the newspaper, our senior software engineer
and his family got excited and intrigued and starting changing some
of our games into Pirate Speak. -- Barry Jay Cronin, Executive
Producer, Digital Products Family Education Network
- In Bristol, England, a number o' bands (includin' Kid Carpet and I
Am the Mighty Jungulator) are celebratin' Talk Like A Pirate Day with
a Voyage Into the Unknown, which they're describin'
as "a netherworld of eerie possibility. Experience unusual
audio-visual delights in a magical setting with sparkling company. A
no-rent hybrid of Fitzcarraldo, Magical Mystery Tour and the drifty
bits of Apocalypse Now." Complete with boats. Ticket
- National TLAPD will be celebrated at West Point by
2nd squad, first platoon o'company B in Regiment 4. T'grog will flow
and good times will be had for all. -- Respectfully, Cadet Private
Caple, 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon
- The entire staff at Pro-Tech Services, Inc. in Seattle,
WA, is bein' urged to talk like a pirate! Says employee Yuchol Kim "This
is crazy. I sent the website to couple of employees here and the CEO
got a hold of it and declared it a company wide Talk Like a Pirate Day!"
- To cut a long story short (there was much grog consumed) I saw
your site and I have made Friday a themed day at the college langage
department where I work in the north of the Netherlands.
The langage lab is decorated with posters taken from your opening page
with the treasure map and there are pictures of pirate flags, ships
and speech bubbles filled with pirate language all over the walls.
-- Kate Roach
- I tried to get it started here at school, but the teachers didn't
want their little urchins screaming ARRRR all day. I, however, will
be observing the day. :) -- Jennifer Madrid, School Psychologist
Maine-Endwell School District, Maine, New York.
- I just wanted to let you know that the International Relations
(ICONS) class and all those inspired to continue after the class of
Fairfield High School in Connecticut will be actively
participating in the madness of TLAPD. After the ruddy schooling is
over, the Wenches (named far before TLAPD) shall celebrate in a proper
underaged fashion. ;) --Yours in sea madness, Capt'n Anne Cash
- We're Team Riot & we're taking part in a sailing regatta tomorrow.
After hearing about International Talk Like A Pirate Day we've decided
to compete in the spirit of things .... As we are racing round the buoys,
sailing a Nordic Folkboat in the Folkboat National Championships
in the Solent, UK, we'll be shouting "Avast me hearties"
to all those we intend to beat while grinning jovially and "Abandon
all hope all ye who cross our bows" to those who threaten to beat
us....while waving our (one, silver plastic) sword. We'll call you from
the last mark... if the beer isn't calling us home! -- Love, Team
Riot Nick (Capn) Jules (Wing Commander....don't ask how that works)
& Sue (Crew Wench) xxx
- At the Washington State University verterinary school,
students are being required to ask their questions in pirate talk on
Friday. Should be a hoot! - S., of the Pirates of the Palouse
- The Residential Arts
Society at UMass Amherst dumped the arrrrr-ts
for a bucket of chum and a tanker of grog! Two serving wenches dished
up pirate pizza! ... tis be a fine day for us all indeed! -- staff
- Thanks to Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket for a new holiday! The
Point Pleasant, NJ Pirates (country line dancers) now have
an annual TLAPD line dance party. -- Happy TLAPD, Pepper
- In honor o' Talk Like A Pirate Day. Me and me crew be located
in th' wee port o' Arcata, California, and celebratin' th' grand holiday
o' Talk like a Pirate Day. Me and me Jack o' Cups, Daggers Wilson be
spreadin' the joy o' all things piratical among our scurvy, yuppie fella
students. Daggers be sportin' a cutlass she found after some squiffy
gave it up at th' Salvation Army, and I be flyin me very own Jolly Roger.
Avast! Whilst I was a standin in th' ladies head, I got many a strange
glare from th' clap-ridden wenches I be forced to sail b'side, but I
yelled "Belay that talk! I'll hang ye by yer necks 'til yer toes
quit their dancin'" and that was that. Th' poxy whores stayed away
from me hearties at Break, however, (we threatened th' ge'ral public
with a trip t' Davy Jones' locker) and the high school's halls rang
with the beautimous cries of "ARRRRRRRRRRRRR!" Thank ye for
yer holiday, it causes great glee among me Jacks and meself. --
Cap'n Injun Black Ndugu
- The crew at the Space:
The Imagination Station Web forum has been talkin' like
pirates all day long.
- The IALA Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana celebrated
Talk Like A Pirate Day with the opening of an installation of a postcard
art exhibition featuring a work called “Pirated Movie” a
(re)presentation of a pirated copy of the Johnny Depp film. Dr. Leigh
Clemons staged a performance event entitled “Pirate Professor”
for her Sept. 19th Introduction to Theatre lecture in the 1000-seat
Beau Cambell Auditorium at Louisiana State University,
delivering her lecture on publicity and performance in traditional Hollywood
pirate attire and brogue to uproarious applause. To quote Dr. Clemons,
“Yarr! It be a fine event, but without better publicity, I be
makin’ some curators walk the plank to get me some rum from Davy