How would you like an international holiday named in your honor by your spouse for your birthday?

That’s precisely how one woman’s husband honored one surprised wife. Saturday is the International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The story goes that two men were playing racquetball and started talking to one another in pirate-speak. They decided that there was a need to create an international day to talk like the pirates on June 6, 1995.

John Baur and Mark Summers played the famed pirate racquetball game. According to Holiday Insights, after much thought, Mark Summers chose Sept. 19 as the date. Because that date was his wife’s birthday, it would be easy to remember.

The following is a list of pirate lingo to prepare for the celebration:

• Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!: A pirate catchphrase of grumbling or disgust.

• All Hand Hoy!: Everyone get on deck!

• Blimey!: Surprise, shock.

• Bucko: Friend, a pirate.

• Crow’s Nest: A small lookout platform near the mast to see long distances.

• Dead Men Tell No Tales: An expression meaning no survivors left behind.

• Heave Ho: Put your weight and muscle into it.

• Son of a Biscuit Eater: A name or insult for someone you dislike.

• Yo Ho Ho!: A cheery expression to get someone’s attention.

Just for fun, don’t forget to talk with pirate-lingo this Saturday. Dressing up is not required, but it might be fun. Should we perk 2020 up a bit, matey? Don’t be a son of a biscuit eater.

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