Today, September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Sorry. Just had to get that one out. I’m OK now.
As per the Gospel According to Wikipedia…
International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, who proclaimed September 19th each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, matey!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy.
It was, however, humorist Dave Barry who really got the whole thing off the ground in 2002 after Baur and Summers talked him into writing about it in his syndicated column. The piece gave ITLAPD national attention. Thankfully Baur and Summers never claimed any exclusive intellectual property rights on the concept. As a result, the idea has gone viral internationally and now belongs to all us scurvy dogs.
Over the last six years that I have been observing ITLAPD, I have tried as much as possible to inject pirate phrases in a variety of criminal court proceedings in which I appeared on September 19th, for example calling fellow counsel “matey”, responding to the Court in the affirmative with, “Aye, Sir!” and telling overly-chatty clients to “belay that talk” or “face a keelhauling!”
So put yer backs into it, ye lily-livered young puppies!
And have yourself a merry little International Talk Like a Pirate Day!