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Ahoy! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day

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It’s September, and the 19th day of the month is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Prepare to walk the plank — errr, hear some piratical language (words like blimey, ahoy, and swab, for instance). To get a jump and be ready to talk like a pirate to get in on the fun, the Stone Point Apartments Blog has pulled together some piratical resources for members of our apartment community here in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin — so blow the man down!

Talk Like a Pirate Day came from humble beginnings. While playing racquetball, John Bauer and Mark Summers began to talk to each other in “pirate-speak", and after leaving the court, they decided that there was a need to create a day for everyone to talk like a pirate. Their efforts remained localized until they contacted humor columnist Dave Barry. The rest, as they say, is history. You can read Barry’s original Talk Like a Pirate column to learn more.

Talking like a pirate takes a bit of practice, but with the right terminology at your fingertips, you can be a pro in no time. We’ve included this pirate glossary to give you a foot up in preparation for the big day. We bet you’ll learn things about pirates, ships, and the seven seas that you didn’t know before.

Watching a fun pirate-themed movie is another way to celebrate the day. Loosely based on the famous pirate Blackbeard, Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost is a good choice. The movie, a comedy that came out in 1968, stars Peter Ustinov as the famous pirate’s ghost that returns to the twenty-first century. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife, who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to “break” the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good deed. The question is, is the famous pirate capable of doing something good?

This list billed as the “Complete List of Every Pirate Movie Ever Made” is a good resource for additional pirate-themed movies to watch.

However you plan to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, we encourage our residents to have fun with this holiday! Thanks for reading today’s blog post, mate.