International talk like a pirate day

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Ahoy maties! Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day so pull on yer eyepatch, grab yer cutlass and bottle o' rum and start talkin' like a pirate. Arrr! If you want to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day, all you have to do is talk like a pirate. For ideas on how to make your day even more piratey, check out our top searches below.

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So what's this day all about? Talk Like A Pirate Day was invented by two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers (also known as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy). It started as a private joke but gradually gained media coverage and before long the day became recognised all over the world.

If you're not sure how to talk like a pirate, you can get an idea of the lingo from Facebook which introduced a Pirate language option for the site. So instead of having your Facebook presented to you in English, French or German, you can have it in Pirate. This option was created to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day in 2008.

But here's a few of the basics. 'Ahoy' means hello, and a pleasant way to address friends could be 'matey' or 'me hearty'. So now you have a simple greeting, 'Ahoy, me hearties!' If you encounter a foe or someone you wish to insult, you can call them a 'landlubber' or worse, a 'bilge rat'. 'Aye' is a word of agreement and 'Arrr!' is a useful word that can mean just about anything depending on the context.

Will you be celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate Day? Leave your best pirate comments here. Arrr!