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Entry from September 19, 2017
“Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?"/"Because they can spend years at C.”

A pirate riddle is:

Q: Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?
A: Because they can spend years at C!


The joke was posted on the website PirateJokes.net on September 12, 2008. “How come pirates can’t say the alphabet? Because they keep getting lost at C” was cited in print in 2009.


PirateJokes.net
On September 12, 2008, the dreaded Ryan Huber said:
Q: Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?
A: Because they can spend years at C!

Straight Dope Message Board
I need pirate jokes!
Mtgman
09-18-2008, 12:00 PM
Pirate jokes:
http://www.piratejokes.net/jokes
They have some good ones there. Here are a couple of my favorites from there(also highly rated on their site).
(...)
Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?
Because they can spend years at C!

Twitter
Matt Farina‏
@mattfarina
Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they can spend years at C!
7:30 AM - 19 Sep 2008

Google Books
June 2009, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 51, col. 2:
Jim: Why can’t pirates learn the alphabet?
Bo: I haven’t a clue.
Jim: Because they spend years at “C”!
Sailesh Kadam, Bernardsville, NJ.

San Diego (CA) Reader
What’s so funny?
So, a writer walks into a barbershop...

By Matthew Lickona, July 8, 2009
(...)
Robles is an archivist, not an inventor, though he shares my regard for invention. “I have a pirate joke that my friend made up,” he says, “and it has nothing to do with the letter R, which is awesome. How come pirates can’t say the alphabet? Because they keep getting lost at C.” (It’s a great joke — even with the heads-up, my mind was racing ahead to something involving “Arr…” and bam, the payoff is way back at C.)

Google Books
The Book of Pirates
By Christine Lampe
Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith
2010
Pg. 150:
Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?
Because they can spend years at C!

2 April 2010, Grimsby (UK) Telegraph, “Kids given a lesson in laughter: Budding comedians hoping to win your vote for their jokes” by Callum Brodie, pg. 8L
Joke E: Why does it take pirates a long time to learn the alphabet? Because they get lost at C! - Joanne Allott.

Twitter
Charlynn Star Scribe‏
@bigsidfan
Why are some pirates terrible at singing the alphabet? They sometimes get lost at C.
1:26 AM - 28 Mar 2011

Twitter
allan g‏
@algibbons
@karmaniaa why couldn’t the pirate finish the alphabet? he got lost at C
11:14 AM - 6 Jul 2011

Twitter
Kevin Dodgion‏
@Otakop
@CaptRobLee Why couldn’t the pirate recite the alphabet? Because he got lost at ‘C’. (sorry, thought it was cute) #kidsjokes
5:12 PM - 26 Aug 2011

Twitter
Ellen DeGeneres‏
@TheEllenShow
Why couldn’t the pirate remember the alphabet? He always got lost at “C”. #ClassicJokeTuesday
7:37 PM - 14 May 2013

Reddit—Jokes
Why do pirates take so long to learn the alphabet?
submitted November 2, 2013 by pacothetacomonster
Because they often spend years at C

Google Books
Best Ever Classroom Jokes:
Because some of us never grow up

By Mike Haskins
London, UK: Pavilion Books
2015
Pg. ?:
Why do pirates take so long to learn the alphabet?
Because they always end up spending years at ‘C’.

Reddit—Jokes
Why couldn’t the pirate remember the alphabet?
submitted January 24, 2015 by [deleted]
He always got lost at C!

Odyssey
Jul 19, 2016 // At Worcester Polytechnic Institute
50 Of The Best Corny Jokes Ever
As told by me: 100 percent not a professional comedian or an expert joke teller whatsoever, just a girl who loves a good corny joke.

Caroline Armstrong
(...)
37. Why couldn’t the pirate learn the alphabet? Because he was always lost at C!

Twitter
Dale‏
@stlsaint
Why can’t the pirate finish the alphabet?
He always gets lost at “c”
#DumbPirateJokes
6:09 AM - 19 Sep 2017

Twitter
Tim Prikkel‏
@tprikkel
Why couldn’t the pirate learn the alphabet?  Because he was always lost at C!  #TalkLikeAPirateDay #Smile
8:06 AM - 19 Sep 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
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