Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Monday, September 19, 2011, 9:08 AM
Over the last 7 days, we’ve had several notable anniversaries including the 3rd anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy that marked the onset of the credit crunch and the 20th anniversary of the birth of Grunge music with the album release of Nirvana’s “Nevermind.”
Even New York State’s tourism efforts recognize the draw of Talk Like A Pirate Day (translated: “Even New Amsterdam State’s tourism efforts recognize th’ draw ‘o speak like a scurvy pirate day.)
For those who think I’m crazy, here’s proof (that I’m not) Talk Like A Pirate Day actually exists.
the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry’s column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and “viral” growth.
Forget the history you’ve been taught in school or reading in the paper, matrix celebrates the history that matters to its readers:
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2010 (was too busy keel-haulin’ in 2010 to post)
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2009
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2008
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2007
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2006
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2005
Note: Me blog was hacked a few years ago ‘n all me barnacle-covered scurvy pirate photos in th’ older posts were dleted ‘n me back-up failed.
Google’s special web search gets the day’s significance – notice the pirate talk menus on the left.
English to pirate: Translate now!