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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Posted by Chris

Once upon a time, June 6, 1995 to be exact, John Baur and Mark Summers were playing a game of racquetball and unbeknownst to them they started to encourage each other in pirate slang. They have a theory that in an attempt to reach for a low shot a muscle was strained and Mark yelped out, “Arrr!” But again this is just a theory. This friendly match made the two realize that what the world was missing was a day in which us landlubbers can express our inner pirate. The two struggled to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on the day of its birth since June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day. The first date to come to mind was September 19, Mark’s ex-wife’s birthday (also the first day he could think of that wasn’t already celebrating a holiday). The two celebrated for the next seven years pretty much on their own, but in early 2002 John came across Dave Barry’s email address, shot him an email and convinced him to bring attention to Talk Like a Pirate Day. The email was successful and Talk Like a Pirate Day is now celebrated internationally.

It’s always fun to try to talk like a pirate. I recall the first time I saw Treasure Island as a kid and how cool I thought the pirates sounded. When Pirates of the Caribbean came out in 2003 it was the perfect opportunity to hear again an accent I hadn’t heard for too long. Pirate talk just is something that always seems to put people in a good mood.

We celebrated throughout the day today. On the way to work we exchanged a few sentences in pirate talk. A coworker of mine brought it up in one of our weekly meetings, luckily only a couple people heard him and I didn’t have to speak like a pirate in front of the entire company. Brittany and I had to send a couple emails back an forth all of which were in pirate speak. I knew that a while back Facebook added an option to change the language to English (Pirate) so what did I do? Change it to pirate of course! To finish things off I decided to write this post in dull English and bring it into a translator and see what it gave me. The result is this, hope it isn’t to hard for you to read.

We celebrate tomorrow with a drink normally served at celebrations. Tomorrow is National Punch Day!

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