Abandon all hope, ye who enter here, for there’s dark waters ahead for any hearties that don’t heed the annual call of International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Is it September 19 again already?

TLAP Day was started on a whim by John Baur and Mark Summers, known in the piratical world as Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket, way back in 1995, but it was humor columnist, Dave Barry himself who helped popularize the mainstream farce of a holiday.

Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day is easy – talk like a pirate. Lots of Aaaaars, or if you prefer, Yarrrrrrs. Sailing jargon and references to scurvy are also a must.

For a complete guide to talking like a pirate, as well as the holiday’s history, click here.

Now, the tide is right and the sea be calling. We’re pullin’ up anchor and heading’ for the HMS Register to a bit of pillagin’! Avast! Mind the jib ye scurvy scabs or I’ll run ya through! Arrrr!

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