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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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