Ahoy there, Mateys. September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Okay, I know today is September 18. Just posting a day early. You can wait until tomorrow to read it if you like.
On Talk Like a Pirate Day everyone's supposed to say "Ahoy Matey" instead of "Hello." How did this holiday get started? In 1996 during a racketball game between John Baur and Mark Summers one of them was injured, and someone reacted with an "Aaaarrrr" and the idea was born.
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when Baur and 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 related to the theme on their website. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or non-trademarking, in effect opening the holiday to creativity and "viral" growth.
"Cap'n Slappy" and "Ol' Chumbucket", the founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day
The association of pirates with peglegs, parrots, and treasure maps, popularized in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island (1883), has had a significant influence on parody pirate culture.Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated with hidden Easter egg features in many games and websites, with Facebook introducing a pirate-translated version of its website on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2008 and publisher O'Reilly discounting books on the R programming language to celebrate.
Oh, yes, I have a pirate story too, with Bonnet and Blackbeard. A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat for tween/teen readers. (You knew there had to be a cat somewhere, of course.)
The ebook is just 0.99 for now. A bargain.