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!