Well shiver me timbers, it’s September 19th, and do you know what that means, me hearties? Yup, you guessed it. It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day – a day when folks of all ages can legitimately (and without total embarrassment) showoff their swashbuckler and buccaneer spirits, and talk and dress like a pirate.
In honor of the “holiday”, participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating by giving away their Original Glazed donut. One free donut to those who simply utter a pirate sentence or two and an entire dozen of the sweet stuff by channeling your inner Blackbeard or Anne Bonny by dressing like one. There are costume requirements though. You can’t just show up with a foam sword and proclaim you’re a pirate. You have to be wearing at least three pirate items.
Friends of ours engage their whole family in the fun each year. Mom and dad and their three kids dress up in full pirate regalia, load up the van, and head to their nearest Krispy Kreme Doughnuts where they pick up five dozen of the scrumptious booty (treats, people!) for free. That’s one dozen each per family member. They then head on over to their local fire department to drop off the goodies. I think that makes for an awesome family tradition.
So this year Ry and I decided to do the same. We left the two dozen we got gratis untouched and bought two of the special pirate donuts for ourselves. No way we were keeping 24 donuts for our small family of two. That woulda been sugar overkill. Besides, it’s always nice to share, especially with others who put their lives on the line to serve us.
We visited one of our favorite fire stations and offered up one box (the other box ended up going to a very grateful homeless family). Fire Captain Geib (pronounced Gibe, rhymes with vibe) was there to greet us and kind enough to take time out of his schedule for an impromptu personal tour of their fire engine. Ry got such a kick out of sitting in the firefighter’s seat and getting an up close look at all the hoses and knobs and doohickies. Thanks, Captain Geib! It was nice meeting you and Engineer Reyes too. We appreciate everything that you fellas do for us.
Dear readers, please consider doing the same or something similar with your free goodies. Your recipients will appreciate the gesture. Plus, who doesn’t love free donuts???
To aid in your own endeavors of piracy of the delicious sweet doughy spheres, I’ve included a list of popular pirate words and sayings, as well as tips for looking like a pirate. Good luck, me mateys!
Talk Like a Pirate
- All hands on deck!: Emergency!
- Arrr!: Pirate exclamation or agreement. “Arrr, I’ve come to plunder me free doughnuts!”
- Ahoy: Hello. “Ahoy, matey! I’ve come for me free glazed doughnuts!”
- Avast: Stop
- Aye: Yes. “Aye, aye, Cap’n.”
- Batten down the hatches: Prepare for the storm.
- Beauty: A lovely lady.
- Booty: Stolen treasures. “Me thinks Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts are the best booty in the high seas.”
- Buccaneer: Pirate
- Davy Jones’ Locker: The bottom of the sea; the final resting place for many pirates and their ships.
- Hearties: Friends. “Me hearties, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!”
- Jolly Roger: Pirate flag (skull and crossbones)
- Landlubber: Land lover
- Marooned: Stranded on a deserted island.
- Matey: Friend
- Me: My
- Mutiny: When the crew rebels.
- Pirate: Robber of the sea.
- Pieces of eight: Old silver coins from Spain.
- Plunder: To steal others’ treasures. “It’s time to plunder Krispy Kreme for me doughnuts.”
- Sea legs: A person’s ability to not feel seasick aboard a moving ship.
- Shark bait: A dying sailor.
- Shiver me timbers: Expressing shock, surprise or annoyance. “Shiver me timbers, I get me dozen free doughnuts today.”
- Swab: Clean. “Swab the decks!”
- Swashbuckler: Pirate
- Walk the plank: Disposing of enemies by having them walk blindfolded along a plank over the side of a ship to their death in the sea.
- Ye: You
Dress Like a Pirate
To be eligible to receive your box of one dozen donuts, you must dress like a pirate. Meaning, you must wear at least three pirate items. Examples include:
- Eye patch
- Parrot on shoulder (preferably not a real parrot)
- Peg leg
- Pirate hat
- Pirate flag
- Pirate shirt
- Hoop earring (silver or gold)
- Skull & crossbones medallion necklace
Originally Published: September 19, 2016
Updated: May 5, 2017