Avast me hearties, it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th September each year.
‘Tis a day for donning an eye patch, perching a parrot on your shoulder and shivvering your timbers with your pirate shipmates. Arrrrr.
What is International Talk Like A Pirate Day?
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the invention of John Baur and Mark Summers. It was founded by the pair on 6 June 1995 whilst playing racquet ball.
During their game they found shouts of encouragement based on pirate slang took their game to a whole new level of enjoyment, and decided there and then that whole world should share in this new discovery with a new national holiday “Talk Like a Pirate Day”.
The only stumbling block was on which day this new national holiday should be celebrated. June 6th was already the anniversary of WWII’s D-Day, so they decided that it should fall on September 19. This was the date of Mark Summers ex-wife’s birthday and the only day that he could think of that was free from other national holidays or sporting fixtures.
For seven years International Talk Like a Pirate day was a fairly small affair with only 3 notable followers; John, Mark and their friend Brian Rhodes. That is until one day in early 2002 when John got in contact with Dave Barry, a syndicated humour columnist and author, asking him to lend his weight to the cause.
Intrigued and amused, Dave got behind their cause and published his column on 8 September 2002 celebrating and promoting International Talk Like a Pirate Day. From this point onwards there was no looking back as Talk Like a Pirate Day became a hit around the world.