Ahoy Me Mateys!
In case you weren’t aware, today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! That means it’s time to dust off your pirate speak and to start communicating in a swashbuckling manner!
Wha’ Be International Talk Like A Pirate Day?
International Talk Like a Pirate Day was created by John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers , of Oregon, in 1995. They proclaimed that on 19 September each year everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.
Summers says that the day resulted from a so-called sports injury. During a racquetball game between the two, one of shouted “Aaaarrr!” in pain and Talk Like A Pirate Day was born.
Until 2002 it was simply an inside joke between friends, but the holiday gained traction when the pair sent a letter about their invented holiday to Dave Barry, a humour columnist, and today the event is being celebrated internationally. The success of the holiday is likely due to the fun, non-restrictive nature of the idea, since it carries no trademarking and is open to creative interpretation.
Talk Like a Pirate Day has been celebrated in the past with hidden Easter egg features in games and on websites. In 2014 Reddit added a pirate theme to their website, while Facebook introduced a pirate-translated version of its website on Talk Like a Pirate Day in 2008.
How Do I Natter Like A Pirate?
Not quite sure how to talk like a pirate?
Facebook Wants T’ Talk Like A Pirate Wit’ Ye!
Can’t get your colleagues to join in the fun? Don’t worry, Facebook is ready to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with you!
To change the language settings on your Facebook page to “pirate” all you need to do is:
- Go to the top right-hand corner of your Facebook page
- Select “Settings” from the drop down menu
- Click on “Language” on the left
- Find “English (Pirate)” under “Show Facebook in this language”
- Select “Save Changes”
and see what your friends be sharin’ by visiting your Home Port!
Now, go out lasses ‘n lads, ‘n ‘ave some pirate fun! Arrrrrr!
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