Every year for 11 years now, some people out there in the world have celebrated International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19. Of course stripedshirt will get on board (get it, on board, the ship, the pirate ship?!). This is another perfect day to wear stripes. Our black and red traditional pirate stripes, of course, or more nautical sailor type preppy pirates, in our red and white or navy and white.
But, if we are going to try to make the most of yet another stripe-wearing day, least we can do is share how this all came to be……
Turns out there are 2 guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, who on June 6, 1995, just started yelling pirate-like encouragement to each other on the racquetball court (not in a bar, as you’d expect). The silliness got them through the game so quickly and painlessly they figured the rest of the world needed a Talk Like A Pirate day. But they couldn’t take June 6, that’s WWII D-Day. So, weirdly, but true story, they took Sept 19 because it was one of their ex-wife’s birthdays.
So truly, we should be celebrating 18 years of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Except for no one but these two, and their friend Brian, cared, until the power of the press came into play. It took 7 years of the guys Talking Pirate to just each other on Sept 19, before they finally reached out to their chosen national spokesman, Dave Barry. One email, Dave dug the idea, wrote about it, and off we go! Here’s the official site, and the full history.
And so today: Stripe Up, Matey, or Ye Be Walking the Plank!
And some other pirate words.
And a big ARRRR and thank you to John, Mark, and Dave Barry for giving us another reason to peddle our stripes!