Well, matey, I bet ye heard of Talk Like A Pirate Day - and even International Talk Like A Pirate Day - but de ye know who thought it up, where, why, when and for what reason?
Turns out, way back on June 6th 1995 two mates in Albany (USA) were down on court No. 3 at their YMCA playing a game of racketball when their casual banter and friendly rivalry took on a piraty tone, and they began to sound more like seafarers than locals.
In fact, these two mates, Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers and John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur, had so much fun talking like a pirate they decided that it would be even more fun if they spoke like that more often - say, one day a year - every year! Which, begad, they did from then on - every year after - on September 19th. Why that day? Well, because it was the only day the two mates were sure they’d remember - the birthday of Mark’s ex-wife’s.
Ever year from then on, on September 19th they laughed and joked, and enjoyed their pirate language. They even chatted about things they could do so that others could have as much fun as them, but in reality knew that most of their ideas might really come to nothing.
But that was until 2002 when Dave Barry (a syndicated humour columnist) got involved. Then things began to change.