September 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Aye, it be that day yet again! “R” ye ready, matey? It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Shiver me timbers, t’was just a league ago t’was the day but a year ago! T’were Captains Baur and Summers what created the day back in 1995 when Captain Summer set his sails on September 19th, his Wench’s birthday. So blow the man down t’is the day to annoy ye mess mates and fish fodders with ye best rendition of being a pirate!

How to celebrate – Talk like a pirate today. Go sailing. Be the Captain of your own ship.

September 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

There seems to be a strong interest in pirates these days. Maybe it’s the romance of the era (though romance had nothing to do with being a pirate), the open seas (though many pirates spent a great deal of their time hiding), or the way they dressed (layers of clothing making them extremely hot). Well “Avast Ye” (meaning pay attention) you Freebooters (a term for a pirate)…it comes from a racquet ball game.

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John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquet ball on June 6th, 1995 when they began to talk like a pirate to each other. Naturally, one thing led to another and they decided they needed to create a day for their lingo. Mark chose September 19th because it was his wife’s birthday – “Blimey” (meaning surprise). I wonder if he was “Three Sheets To The Wind” (drunk).

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Of course, maybe his wife liked to dress like a pirate, which today can be very sexy. I doubt he meant to call her a “Scallywag” (an insult) and definitely not a “Hornswaggler” (a cheat).  It’s fun to speak pirate speak. Sometimes it doesn’t make a lot of sense but who cares.

Sadly this year Krispy Kreme is not giving a free doughnut if you go in and talk like a pirate to them.

It does make me wonder though, do pirates have a “Talk like a normal person Day”? And then there is always, “what makes a normal person person normal”?

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How to celebrate – Use a lot of “Rrrrrs” today. Read a book about pirates. Go play racquet ball.

September 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sept. 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Rrrr… matey, speak up or walk the plank! Hoist those sails and prepare to get under way today with a true adventure of parley and codes (Really just more guidelines) with your friends, customers and fellow employees. (Or shall we call them shipmates?) So shiver me timbers, a-yast me hearties and remember to swab the decks before you go ashore.

The Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard, 1718
SSI39781 The Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard, 1718 by Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome (1863-1930); Private Collection; American, out of copyright

Created by Cap’N Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket in 2008. However, John Baur and Mark Summer also claim to have created the day on September 19th, 1995. (Mark Summers wife’s birthday.)

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How to celebrate – Well, simple enough, talk like a pirate! Watch the new Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.  Make sure others know it is Talk Like A Pirate Day so people don’t think you really are one!

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