How Did "Talk Like A Pirate Day" Begin?

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Sep. 19, 2013

"Talk Like a Pirate Day" is a huge deal. It's celebrated around the world. You can even turn your Facebook into an all-pirate language that is awesome for about 15 seconds until you realize it's hard to read. But how did this holiday start?

Meet John Baur and Mark Summers (not the same guy from "Double Dare"). Friends and pirate lovers, they say they never intended for this day to happen. While playing raquetball, one of them was reaching for a shot when they called out, "Arrrr!" They don't remember who said it, but that began it all. They talked like pirates for the rest of the match and since they say it made it more fun to play, they decided to apply it to life and make it a yearly holiday.

Summers and Baur as pirates

The game was on June 6, 1995. That is D-Day, so they moved it to September 19. That is Summers' ex-wife's birthday and "the only date he could really remember that wasn't taken up with something like Christmas..."

They celebrated amongst family and friends for several years until they decided to email Dave Barry, a humorist and Pulitzer Prize winning national columnist. He was a hero to them and they thought he might find the pretend holiday funny.

And he did. On September 8, 2002, he wrote about the holiday in hundreds of newspapers. From there, it blew up and became what it is today. Summers and Baur make some money off the holiday, selling books and shirts, but never trademarked it. This allowed everyone to do something with it and helped spread awareness.

Michigan and California have officially recognized it as holidays, begging the question: what's wrong with the other 48 states? Too good for "Talk Like a Pirate Day?" We'll all recognize a stupid groundhog before pirate language? Or Arbor Day? What's an arbor? And what, government? We don't get this day off yet you take off weeks at a time to take a break from doing nothing to go home and do nothing? Shameful.

But hopefully someday everyone will join hands, have a day off, and talk like weirdos for 24 hours. Someday...

- Mark (follow me on the Twitter)

Now, here is this entire blog in pirate speak (as translated here).

Talk Like a Pirate Day" be a huge deal. It's celebrated around t' world. You can even turn your Facebook into an all-pirate language that be awesome for about 15 seconds until you realize it's hard t' read. But how did this holiday start?

Meet John Baur and Mark Summers (not t' same guy from "Double Dare"). buckos and pirate lovers, they say they never intended for this day t' happen. While playin' raquetball, one o' them was reachin' for a shot when they called out, "Arrrr!" They don't remember who said it, but that began it all. They talked like pirates for t' rest o' t' match and decided t' make it a holiday.

T' game was on June 6, 1995, but that be D-Day, so they moved it t' September 19. That be Mark's ex-buxom beauty's birthday and "t' only date he could really remember that wasn't taken up with somethin' like Christmas..."

They celebrated amongst family and buckos for several years until they decided t' email Dave Barry, a humorist and Pulitzer Prize winnin' national columnist. He was a hero t' them and thought he might find t' pretend holiday funny.

And he did on September 8, 2002. From thar, it blew up and became what it be today. Summers and Baur make some doubloons off t' holiday, sellin' books and shirts, but never trademarked it. This allowed everyone t' do somethin' with it and helped spread awareness.

Michigan and California have officially recognized it as holidays, beggin' t' question: what's wrong with t' other 48 states? Too good for "Talk Like a Pirate Day?" We'll all recognize a stupid groundhog before pirate language? Or Arbor Day? What's an arbor? And what, government? We don't get this day off yet you take off weeks at a time t' take a break from doin' nothin' t' go home and do nothin'? Shameful.

But hopefully someday everyone will join hands, have a day off, and talk like weirdos for 24 hours. Someday...
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 comments
The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

Incredibly lame. Just like cake day, and many others.

lucycarin
lucycarin

@Todd_Spence I wanted to be famous, my dad helped w a school report..said we came from pirates and thieves..aaaggggrrrrhhh

Chad Klein
Chad Klein

what's a pirate's favorite letter? . . . . . . you may think it's the "ARRR" but it's really the "SEA"!

KKTPP
KKTPP UserTop Commenter

guess i live under a rock cuz i never heard of this pirate bs