Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, is the 10th anniversary of International Talk Like Pirate Day, aaargh. What better way to observe it than share some little-known facts and trivia?
Millions around the world participate in the quirky habit of talking like pirates. So why is “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” even celebrated?
According to a legend stated by ABC News, it all started with two friends.
In 1995, "Ol' Chumbucket" John Baur and "Cap'n Slappy" Mark Summers in Albany, Ore., began speaking as they imagined pirates of their golden age, or at least their movie verions, did.
It was just a joke between them, but the gag grew wings when they shared it with Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry.
Barry wrote a column about the day in 2002, and International Talk Like a Pirate Day grew into a worldwide phenomenon.
"As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Is that a great idea, or what? There are so many practical benefits that I can't even begin to list them all," Barry wrote in 2002.
ABC News reports that Talk Like A Pirate Day is also a holiday for “Pastafarians, or those who adhere to the beliefs of the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
Anyone who talks like a pirate on International Talk Like A Pirate Day gets a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme, and if you come into the doughnut joint in full pirate garb, an entire dozen of Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be yours for free.
If you don’t have anyone to speak “pirate talk” with, go to Translate Pirate where any “real” English Web page will be turned in “pirate English.”
In case you didn’t know, Facebook also has an “English pirate” option under languages.
If you'd like some help talking like a pirate, visit Talk Like A Pirate!