In June of 1995, two average guys, while playing racquetball, got a good case of the sillies and began talking in “Pirate”-speak (Think George Orwell and 1984) while swinging their rackets and flailing away. They had so much fun that they decided to make it an annual event every September 19th, the birthday of the ex-wife of one of them. (Seems it was the only date he could remember that wasn’t already an important holiday like Christmas or the Super Bowl. Wonder if he remembered it when he was married to her?! 😉 )
After haphazardly celebrating it for seven years, in early 2002, these two same two guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, serendipitously happened upon the email address of Dave Barry, nationally syndicated columnist, and asked themselves, “Why not ask Dave to be the official national spokesman for Talk Like a Pirate Day?” Accordingly, they then sent an email off with their fingers crossed, “casting our bread upon the water, if we may wax Biblical.”
Imagine their surprise in early September of that same year to receive a phone call from a friend, informing them that they had made Dave Barry’s nationally syndicated column! Since then, things have really taken off, and you can hear adults literally around the world, “arrr-ing” and “avast”-ing with the best of them!
Why talk like a pirate? Let me direct you back to John and Mark. From their website:
- Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
- Make no mistake. We do. But it’s a little hard to articulate why, especially when you’ve made the mistake of referring to your wife as a scurvy bilge rat and tried to order her back into the galley.
- Talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple.
So, when you’re out and about today, and hear someone “arr-ing” away, simply reply, in your best “Long John Silver” voice, “Avast, me hearties!” and join in the fun.
Just make sure it’s not your boss! 😀
(above pirate courtesy of talklikeapirate.com)