‘Ahoy me hearties!’ September 19th is Talk like a Pirate Day

Avast, belay the corporate speak at your business meetings on the 19th of September and talk like a pirate for the day, Savvy?

Well this is bit of pure fun. How it came about is outlined in the article below…

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is arguably one of the Internet’s favorite holidays. It may be a surprise to some, though, that this parody celebration is older than social media.

In June 1995 friends Mark Summers and John Baur were playing a game of racquetball when they randomly started chiding each other in “pirate slang” (the romanticized version of pirate speech that has grown from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and on-screen portrayals of pirates by actor Robert Newton, among other influences). The pair decided they would spend an entire day talking “like pirates” for fun.

The date of the annual celebration – September 19 – is fairly arbitrary. It is the date of Summers’s ex-wife’s birthday, selected because it didn’t coincide with any other observances and because it would be easy for him to remember. The holiday was mostly celebrated among friends for several years, until it was popularized by syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002.

(From an article by Alison Eldridge, Encyclopaedia Brittanica, accessed 13th September, 2023 – https://www.britannica.com/story/ahoy-its-talk-like-a-pirate-day )

To get you in the mood and into character, here are some great images from our archives which includes pirates in history from all over the world not just the Caribbean and you can use this link to view a selection of pirate phrases and their meaning – 


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