National Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Ahoy, mateys! Pave the way for the swashbuckling National Talk Like a Pirate Day that has had the cyberspace walking the digital plank with its musings since its inception. Just to stir your excitement a little, back in 2016, on the 19th of September to be exact, this day was quaking the virtual sea with a whopping 8037 mentions. This article sets sail to take you through the high seas of its history and some fun facts that’ll boggle the mind of any old landlubber.

When is Talk Like A Pirate Day?

It's national talk like a pirate day on the 19th September.

So, what's the treasure map to this day's history?

On June 6, 1995, two friends John Baur and Mark Summers, better known as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, were engaged in a friendly racquetball game. But a funny twist of fate turned the game into a pirate-shouting match. Inspired by their own antics, they decided to create a day for everyone to enjoy and bask in the silliness of talking like a pirate. They chose September 19th because it was Summers' ex-wife's birthday and the only date he could remember without being reminded. Soon enough, humor columnist Dave Barry stumbled upon their idea and promoted it in his column, thus marking the birth of National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

How did 'Ye Old Marauders of the Cyber Sea' react?

The salty dogs of the internet took to this day like a crab to a sandy beach. Suddenly, there was an eruption of 'Arrs,' 'Yohos,' and 'Shiver me timbers' across chat rooms, emails, and social media posts on September 19th, particularly notable in 2016 when it garnered a record 8037 mentions. Whether to amuse or annoy, the day has carved out its own humble space in internet lore, celebrated by meme-lords, pop culture enthusiasts and anyone with a soft spot for silly holidays.

History behind the term 'Talk Like A Pirate'


The Origins: Dave Barry's Article

In 1992, the term 'talk like a pirate' gained popular recognition when humorist Dave Barry wrote an article for the Miami Herald. The article, titled 'Arrr! Talk Like a Pirate!', was meant to be a lighthearted humor piece, but it inadvertently sparked a cultural phenomenon. Barry's witty and comical descriptions of pirate lingo captured the imaginations of readers and popularized the idea of 'talking like a pirate.'


The Talk Like a Pirate Day Foundation

The year 1995 marked a major milestone for 'Talk Like a Pirate.' John Baur and Mark Summers, two friends from Albany, Oregon, embraced the idea and established the Talk Like a Pirate Day Foundation. Inspired by their love for pirate culture, Baur and Summers designated September 19th as 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' and encouraged people worldwide to celebrate by using pirate vernacular in their daily conversations.


National Attention: Syndicated Columnist

In 2002, the concept of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' gained national attention. The popular syndicated columnist Dave Barry revisited the topic and mentioned it in his column. Barry's widespread influence and humorous writing style introduced the idea to a broader audience, leading to increased participation and recognition for 'Talk Like a Pirate Day.' This year marked a turning point, and the unofficial holiday started to gain traction beyond small pirate enthusiast circles.


Official Recognition: Michigan Governor

In 2006, 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' received official recognition when the Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, issued a proclamation declaring September 19th as 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' in the state. The proclamation acknowledged the significance of the day in promoting humor and fun while embracing pirate lore and culture. This recognition brought 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' further into the mainstream and solidified its place as a unique and enjoyable celebration.


International Popularity: Walt Disney World

The year 2009 marked a significant milestone for 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' as it gained international popularity. Walt Disney World Resort in Florida embraced the pirate spirit by officially acknowledging and celebrating 'Talk Like a Pirate Day.' Disney parks around the world joined in the festivities, encouraging visitors to engage in pirate-themed activities and speak like swashbucklers. This recognition from a globally recognized entertainment powerhouse solidified 'Talk Like a Pirate Day's' place in popular culture worldwide.


Continued Celebration and Adaptation

Presently, 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' continues to be celebrated annually on September 19th. The unofficial holiday has evolved to include various public events, social media trends, and even corporate promotions. It has become a fun and light-hearted celebration of pirate lore and language, allowing people of all ages to embrace their inner buccaneer for a day. 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' stands as a testament to the enduring fascination with pirates and their distinctive way of speaking.

Did you know?

Did you know that abiding to the spirit of the day, Facebook once provided the option to change your language to Pirate English? Your 'friends' became your 'mateys', the 'home' button was replaced by a 'home port' button, and instead of 'sharing' posts, you 'plundered' them! Yarrr!


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First identified

28th April 2015

Most mentioned on

19th September 2016

Total mentions


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