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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
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Things to do on this international day of the pirate tongue
So Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us again, and it's time to seek out the bounty awaiting brave buccaneers!

To swash your buckle this year, check out our Pirating Must-Do List below.
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These pelicans really have ships on the end of those ropes

1. Get your pirate on. Not sure how to talk like a pirate? Get some guidance before the day with this English-to-Pirate translator.

2. Change your Facebook. 'Tis not enough to simply speak like a pirate. Show your dedication by changing your Facebook language to 'pirate'. Just go down the bottom of your Facebook page and click the language setting to change. Here's a step by step guide.

3. Get some free stuff. If you're in North America, you can look forward to some doughnut booty from Krispy Kreme. The chain offers a dozen free doughnuts to anyone dressed like a pirate. All you have to do is wear at least three items from their list: a parrot, a peg leg, a pirate shirt, an eye patch, a peg leg, a hook, a belt, silver and gold necklaces, a leather belt and pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals. In other words, make a true effort. They also hand out free doughnuts to anyone who speaks like a pirate.

Not in North America? They offer a free doughnut in Australia too – just register on their Facebook page.

4. Know your pirate history. 'Tis harrrrd in this world for those living the pirate life, so it helps to bamboozle the landlubbers with a bit of history.

The day of international pirate speak was thought up by John Baur and Mark Summers, who accidentally started it by throwing pirating insults at each other during a game of raquetball in 1995. They started publicising it in 2002 and it's been growing ever since. You can read the complete history here.

5. Walk like a pirate. Talking not enough for you? Go full pirate by walking like a pirate as well. Take lessons from Captain Jack Sparrow (here and the man himself here) Several years have passed since these brave buccaneers tried to start Walk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 20), but seeing as the original Talk Like a Pirate Day took seven years to take off, there's still hope.
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When: September 19th
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