Avast, me hearties! X marks the spot on your calendars for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLPD) this Sept. 19th. It’s your annual opportunity to send your roommate to the galley to fetch more grog or to call your mother a bilge rat.**
ITLPD has gained quite a following in the 15 years since it was started by two
Lulu authors, Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers and John “Ol’Chumbucket” Baur. What started as a game between a few friends has grown into an international phenomenon. People look forward all year to the day when they can get away with dressing up in puffy shirts and bloomers while walking around all squinty-eyed and hunched over . What is the secret to Summers and Baur’s success? Obviously, everyone loves pirates and the chance to be creative.
Cap’n Slappy and Chumbucket also use savvy to keep their high-seas holiday afloat. In addition to their website talklikeapirate.com, the duo have a series of books, like “The Maracaibo Caper” and “The Sao Paolo Caper,” that’ll answer all your pirate jargon questions.
If you want to join the swashbuckling pirate ranks but don’t know where to start, Lulu can help. Check out these other great pirate inspired tales:
**I seriously do not recommend calling your mother a “bilge rat”. This did not go well for me last year. Be warned!
Pirattitude!: So You Wann Be a Pirate?: Here’s How!
by John Baur and Mark Summers
Set sail for high-seas hi-jinks and nautical nonsense with those paragons of Pirattitude who invented the famous International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Whether readers are old hands at pirating or hopeless landlubbers, the Pirate Guys will have them pirate-savvy in no time with sure-fire pirate pickup lines for any occasion, tips on how to make their pirate party a buccaneer ball that even Martha Stewart would be proud of, and help determining their true pirate moniker.
Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate
by Kim Kennedy
Pirate Pete is looking for a new crew, but will only take candidates with the best qualifications:
“Ye gots to be stubborn and mighty cranky,
Ye gots to be dirty and awfully stanky!
Ye gots to load a cannon and know how to fire it,
But most of all, ye gots to talk like a pirate!”
How to Be a Pirate
by John Malam
The year is 1680, and once you sign on to the ship, there’s no turning back. You’ll need to learn new skills, like tying knots, rowing, and sword fighting. You’ll be taught how to pump out the bilge and repair torn sails. But most of all, you’ll want to capture ships and seize their treasure. Be ready to answer questions during your job interview at the end of the book. Answer most of them right, and you’ll get the job. So put on your best eye patch and tell your scurvy mateys to get ship shape!