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    (Photo: AP / U.S. Navy, Lance Cpl. Megan E. Sindelar)
    This photo provided by the U.S. Navy on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge towing the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, in background, to be processed for evidence after the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips. Phillips was held captive by suspected Somali pirates in the lifeboat in the Indian Ocean for five days after a failed hijacking attempt off the Somali coast.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
September 19, 2013|9:26 am

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is gaining momentum as the day goes on Thursday and people everywhere are celebrating their favorite accent.

Observed each year on Sept. 19, International Talk Like A Pirate Day sees thousands of people taking on the dialect of pirates. For instance, instead of saying, "Hello," whose celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day would say, "Ahoy, matey!"

Talk Like A Pirate Day 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the holiday, according to a website claiming to be the official site for the celebration.

Furthermore, talklikeapirate.com indicated that John Baur and Mark Summers created the holiday in 2002 after they began taking on "pirate slang" during a racquetball game.

Talking like a pirate is a "whimsical alternative," the creators explained, and in doing so, ordinarily mundane conversation will take on a fun variation.

However, Talk Like a Pirate Day springs from the romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy, and the modern conception of pirates as depicted in popular culture is not always historically accurate.

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Pirates, or robbers at sea, would attack Spanish colonies and ships in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific from around 1650 to 1680. Today, dozens of items in pop culture, including the billion-dollar film franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," originated from the Golden Age of Piracy.

Nevertheless, International Pirate Day is a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday with hundreds of users taking on the lingo.

"Arrrr mateys! It's talk like a pirate day & I expect all ye landlubbers to address me at Cap't fer the rest o' thee day, ya scurvy dogs," wrote Nikki.

Also taking part in the fun today is Krispy Kreme. Customers who show up in a pirate costume or who talk like a pirate receive a free doughnut on International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

For basic and advanced pirate lingo and examples on how to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, visit talklikeapirate.com/howto.

Meanwhile, pirate fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Starz is set to premiere a new series about pirates titled "Black Sails" this January, while "Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Lies" will hit theaters in July 2015.

 

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