There is a pirate that has invaded our campus. Wait! Keep calm! It is nothing to be alarmed about; he is friendly and hopefully will not steal your treasure. Who? It is Zach Roberson, a sophomore in biology. Why, you ask, has he decided to not only dress like a pirate, but also to talk like one? Well, the simple fact is that it is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Not to mention, if he dresses up as a pirate, he can get a free dozen doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, as can anyone else who joins the crew of pirates. If you don’t want to dress like a pirate, then you can get a single free doughnut just by talking like a pirate. Besides the free doughnuts though, it is kind of fun to say “Ahoy!” and “Arrrr” all day.

National Talk Like a Pirate Day was started by John Baur and Mark Summers during a game of racquetball. Apparently, one pulled something when playing, and instead of saying “Ouch!” he said “Arrrr!” The two went with it and kept up the pirate lingo. That was June 6, 1995. They decided they would continue the tradition but not on June 6th, as that is D-Day. They decided on celebrating it on September 19th, Summers’s ex-wife’s birthday. It didn’t become an official holiday until 2002, 10 years ago.  It is an interesting story that gave way to a huge phenomenon. It is now celebrated every September 19th all over the world.

So, it is happy birthday to not only Talk Like a Pirate Day, but today is Zach’s birthday. Make sure to tell him happy birthday when you see his pirate self! Don’t be afraid to join in on the fun with him. You can get free doughnuts for pete’s sake! Arrr!

Here are some pirate words to help you celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day:

Ahoy!—hello

Avast!—Whoa, look at that!

Aye!—yes

Hearties—friends

These are just the basics. To learn more about Talk Like a Pirate Day, visit http://talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html.

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