September 19th. In honour of today’s ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ (which I missed last year due to a salty mission to Weston Super Mare) here are a few things to get you in the mood, so to speak.
Loading, Ready, Run’s guide to talking like a Pirate. Essential viewing to avoid those social Faux pas…
A blast back to 10-15 years ago with the latest installment from Monkey Island… only available on PC, boooo:
The Official site??? http://www.talklikeapirate.com/
Some worthwhile pictures… http://www.csmonitor.com/photosoftheday/index.php?image=1&date=specials/pirates/
British Pirate HQ: http://www.yarr.org.uk/
The source of all things surely geniune and without doubt, WikiPedia, on TLAPD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day
“International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, me hearty!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. The holiday is a major observance in the parody religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetballD-Day, they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry’s column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and “viral” growth“