Talk Like a Pirate Day | September 19
Talk Like a Pirate Day | September 19


Talk Like a Pirate Day sails away annually on September 19th.


All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. 

While ordering your coffee in the drive-thru, ask if they have change for gold bullion. Try testing your pirate language out at the library when asking for the location of Moby Dick. The pirate language always fairs well in rough seas. Settle a debate with “I’m right or I’ll walk the plank!”

When the boss gives you a new project, “Aye, aye, Capt’n,” is the correct response. However, beware calling the boss any frothy names. The goal of the day is not to lose your job.

To polish your persona, practice a swagger, limp or squint. Long days at sea give pirates unique qualities.


Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a barrel o’ rum. Feel free to join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Learn more on how to talk like a pirate here. Use #TalkLikeAPirateDay to share on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects all year long – including talking like a pirate!


John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy) created this international day in 1995. Click here for the entire story!

Talk Like A Pirate FAQ

Q. Are there other “talking” days on the calendar?
A. Yes there are. Two of them are National Talk Like Shakespeare Day and Talk in an Elevator Day.

Q. What should my pirate name be?
A. Here’s a great way to create your pirate name: 

  1. Pick a color.
  2. Choose an animal.
  3. Name a profession.
  4. Put steps 1, 2, and 3 together to create your name. 

For example: blue + clam + dancer = Blue Clam Dancer. 

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September 19th Celebrated History


In the Aerostat Reveillon, balloonists Joseph-Michel and Jacques- Étienne Montgolfier launch the first living creatures into the air in the basket of a balloon. The sheep, duck and rooster landed safely 3 minutes later. Centuries later during the space race, humans would launch animals into space, too.


Melville Bissell patents his invention for a carpet sweeper, the first successful carpet sweeper. With patent No. 182,346 in hand, he and his wife Anna began selling the invention around the country.


New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. Governor Lord Glasgow signed the legislation and women flocked to the polls in the November election. Nearly 30 years later, the United States passed the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.


Scott Fahlman publishes the first recorded emoticons on the internet. The 🙂 and 🙁 found their way into his post in an internet bulletin board system at Carnegie Mellon University.


The film Good Fellas is released. Starring Robert De. Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci, the mob story was directed by Martin Scorsese.

September 19th Celebrated Birthdays

George Cadbury – 1839

While his father, John Cadbury, founded the chocolate company, George and his brother Robert brought the brand into prosperity.

William Lever – 1851

Along with his brother James, William Lever established a soap manufacturing company called Lever Brothers.

Lovie Austin – 1887

Lovie Austin brought her talents to the Chicago jazz scene in the early 1920s. She recorded with the likes of Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters. She also influenced many other musicians throughout her career and more.

Elizabeth Stern – 1915

The pathologist’s research into cervical cancer led to early identification of the disease making it one of the most treatable types of cancers.

Mama Cass Elliot – 1941

An original member of the Mamas and Papas, Cass Elliot also launched a successful solo career.

Jimmy Fallon – 1974

The comedian is the current and sixth host of the nighttime talk show The Tonight Show. Before taking on hosting duties, Fallon joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.