Sometimes, you just need to talk like a pirate. And on September 19th, you get a whole day to do so. National Talk Like A Pirate Day began five years ago with two friends, Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”) and John Baur (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) in Albany, Oregon. What began as a silly game between friends has quickly grown into a major event celebrated around the world.
John and Mark were playing racquetball when, for reasons that aren’t clear to either of them now, they started insulting each other in pirate lingo. They realized it was a lot of fun and one of them said: “We should have a Talk Like a Pirate Day.” They decided to start Talk Like a Pirate Day, and picked September 19th because it is Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday. And the story could have ended there, if it hadn’t been for Dave Barry, who mentioned it in his nationally syndicated newspaper column. From there, Talk Like a Pirate Day took off, according to coastalcompanion.com.
Dave Barry must have a far reaching an base, because it’s become an international phenomenon, and millions of wannabe pirates all around the world — even as far as the South Pole and on the International Space Station — celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day every September 19.
How to Talk Like a Pirate:
Nervous about just how to talk like a pirate for your first Talk Like a Pirate Day? Have no fear, Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket offer a free intro course to help get you on your way.
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