International Talk Like a Pirate Day officially unobserved in Crestview

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 02:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Arr, me hearties, there will be no official local recognition tomorrow of International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Still, residents should feel free to observe the lighthearted "holiday" in their own ways, community leaders say.

"It's due to financial cutbacks that we won't be able to have a celebration this year," Mayor David Cadle said jokingly. "But if you want to do it, go ahead."

Cadle punctuated his comment with a hearty, "arrgh," in best pirate fashion, unaware that the word he was seeking was actually "arrr."

"Arrgh," according to International Talk Like a Pirate Day founders Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers and John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur, is "the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin."

Some local schools will use the holiday as an opportunity to make learning fun. Fifth-graders in Glenda Nibert's class at Riverside Elementary will observe the occasion with a special project.

"Our class will be doing a creative writing assignment with Pirate Lingo Vocabulary," Nibert said, adding her students' words list will "set sail with 'arrr' class."

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