If you hear people on the streets, at work or on social media talking like they should be wearing an eye patch and pillaging the high seas, don't be alarmed. It's apparently normal for Sept. 19.
That's because Thursday is designated the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, during which landlubbers and wanna-be seafarers worldwide talk as if, well, they're pirates.
The movement began en masse in 2002, when according to its organizers, prominent columnist Dave Barry mentioned the movement in one of his columns. More than a decade later, it's a worldwide phenomenon.
According to the organizer's website, there are parties and events nationwide to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but a cursory look at a map of events shows none in the immediate D.C. Area.
Regardless of a lack of organized pirate talking in the nation's capital, more than 119,000 people support the movement on Facebook. You can even change the language with which you use Facebook to "Pirate English" if you so desire.