Share Yer Shipmate Story September 19th!
Ah yes, a fateful day for all ye land-lubbers: June 6, 1995. The setting was a YMCA in Albany, Oregon. John Baur and Mark Summers were playing a particularly strenuous game of racquetball when the pair began to cover up their yelps of pain with “Arrs” and “Scallywags”. They found the activity to be pretty fun and made their strained muscles seem a lot funnier than they felt. The pair decided that pretty much every activity could be made a hell of a lot more fun if they had a whole day where they spoke like Pirates. They settled on Sept 19, the only date that they could remember that wasn’t too close to any other holidays or special occasion (and Mark’s ex-wife’s birthday). As huge fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, John and Mark decided that Dave Barry was to be the ultimate spokesman, though they were not in any way capable of contacting him. And they left it at that. When they told their friend Brian, he marked it in his calendar and year after year, they were reminded of the date and celebrated largely amongst themselves.
And then one pivotal day in 2002, they stumbled upon Dave Barry’s email address. Not wanting to miss their opportunity, they reached out to him to tell him more about their holiday, as well as their plans to have him become the ultimate spokesman. To their surprise, he responded and even showed some interest in the potential of such a fun holiday. So a few weeks later, he wrote about it in the Miami Herald. Then the floodgates opened.
The 2002 edition had become the inaugural International Talk Like A Pirate Day, thanks to that Dave Barry article. Over the few months after it was published, Mark and John had been invited to share their story on radio and television interviews across the world. Other people began organizing events all over the world to celebrate it as a group, and more articles were written about Mark and John’s fun idea, everywhere from CNN to NPR. Now, 15 years later, Talk Like a Pirate Day has become a major holiday for all fun-loving holiday enthusiasts and Pirates alike. Hundreds of Pirates gather in New Zealand for a day full of rum-guzzling and walking the plank in the name of Talk Like a Pirate Day.
How can you get in on the fun? Start by changing your social media language setting to Pirate (seriously, this function is a booty of yo-ho-hos!). You could even generate all your emails through this translator (just be careful of CCing your colleagues or clients on those ones). Rumour has it, you can also walk into a Long John Silvers in full regalia, and receive a deep-fried Twinkie for your troubles.
Don’t forget to dub yourself with a new Pirate name, via this generator and join the conversation by tagging your best Pirate slang tweets with #itlapd2017 and tagging co-founder Cap’n Slappy or our very own Cap’n @trulysocialinc (pending nickname) who looks forward to this holiday every year! ☠️