Aye, landlubbers in the Pacific Northwest are a wee bit addled. Methinks it might have something to do with scurvy… Or the fact that rain waterlogs rational parts of the brain for 8 months out of every year.
Anyway, it is no surprise to me that it was a couple of Northwest scallywags who had the fool idea that there should be a day of the year set aside just for yammerin’ in pirate. It’s not known whether our heroes, Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy, were a wee bit squiffy at the time, but no matter — it was a creative idea and that is precisely why yer seein’ it here on the Good Ship Elbow.
The two buccaneers chose September 19th as the day for everyone to go on account since it happened to be the birthday of Cap’n Slappy’s ex-wife. He claims that that he picked the date so that he would remember it, but methinks he just wanted a good excuse for callin’ her a thievin’ wench.
Well, humor columnist Dave Barry caught wind of the notion in 2002 and, shiver me timbers, the bloomin’ day went global!
So Mateys, if you’d like to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here’s a Pirate Dictionary to help you get started.
Meanwhile, raise the Jolly Roger!
Mutter and scowl a lot.
And what the heck —
shake yer booty, too.
Fair winds, me friends, fair winds!
PROMPT: Man yer pens, ye cowardly swabs — Dead men tell no tales, so ye best write ‘em now!
Here’s some piratey inspiration to get ye started —
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon
Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker and Nadine Westcott
Voyage of Plunder by Michele Torrey