2020-06-02 14:01 KST  
Global Voices Online - The world is talking. Are you listening?
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Raise money for charity on Sept. 19
Eric Shackle (shack)     Print Article 
  Published 2006-09-05 16:39 (KST)   
Veteran journalist and writer Eric Shackle, of Sydney, Australia, is OhmyNews International's oldest citizen reporter. Eric discovered the Internet seven years ago at the age of 80, and now writes The World's First Multi-national ebook.  <Editor's Note>
Ahoy thar me hearties!

Don't be surprised if friends, or even strangers, greet you that way on Sept. 19, or on Sept. 22 in Australia. Just smile back, and repeat the greeting to them, and to anyone else you meet. It's contagious.

Normally-sane people in more than 40 countries will celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day," a unique annual event that began almost accidentally one day in 1995, when two Americans, John Baur and Mark Summers, were playing racquetball.

On his "original and only official Web site" Baur reveals that the two friends started shouting encouragement to each other in pirate slang.
"One thing led to another. "That be a fine cannonade," one said, to be followed by "Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm!" and other such helpful phrases.

By the time our hour on the court was over, we realized that lapsing into pirate lingo had made the game more fun and the time pass more quickly. We decided then and there that what the world really needed was a new national holiday, Talk Like A Pirate Day...
Mark Summers chose Sept. 19 for the event because it was his ex-wife's birthday and it wouldn't clash "with something like Christmas or the Super Bowl or something."

For seven years the friends quietly celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day before inviting world-famous syndicated newspaper columnist Dave Barry to become official national spokesman for the event.

Barry wrote a column about it, and it grew legs that are still running madly around the globe.

Every year, newspapers write about TLP Day, radio and TV hosts discuss it, and thousands (perhaps millions) of people whose only knowledge of pirates is restricted to memories of Captain Hook and Long John Silver, put aside the problems and worries of the real world to indulge in comical pirate talk.

Baur and Summers's friendly game of racquetball 11 years ago has boosted the funds of charities around the world. Several years ago, Baur wrote:
Talk Like a Pirate Day has been a HUGE success, far bigger than anything Mark and I ever imagined. We imagined we'd have our 15 minutes of fame. As my close personal friend Dave said, "This thing may be big. Maybe 20 minutes." I am looking forward to the day when they put up a plaque at racquetball court No. 3 at the Albany YMCA, where Mark and I first came up with this idea.

As I told my daughter Millie's fifth grade class this morning, this is one of the silliest things I've ever done, but it's been fun, and we've just been riding the wave ever since.
Last year Baur told ABC interviewer Tim Jeanes, "Australia probably more than any other country -- including the one I'm in right now, the United States -- has just taken this to heart. Australians just don't seem to be afraid to have fun."

Talk Like a Pirate Day is also a chance to raise money for charity. Pirate crews around the world are doing their bit. In Australia, for example, they are fundraising for childhood leukaemia and in Britain Marie Curie Cancer Care will be joining in.

So whether it's "shiver me timbers" or "ahoy me hearties," we want you to spend the day speaking like Long John Silver himself.

Enjoy the day and have some fun. Maybe you would like to organize a pirate themed event, such as a pirate cruise, a treasure hunt, or a raffle.

Invite your friends and colleagues to be pirate crew members and spend the day talking, thinking and even dressing like a pirate while pillaging, plundering and looting for charity donations.

AAAHHHR! That's the spirit, mateys!

- Talk Like a Pirate Day by Eric Shackle (with special guests Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket) 

If you'd like to see a great list of pirate talk, words and phrases, visit The Pirate's Realm Web site.
©2006 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Eric Shackle

Add to :  Add to Del.icio.usDel.icio.us |  Add to Digg this Digg  |  Add to reddit reddit |  Add to Y! MyWeb Y! MyWeb

Ronda Hauben
Netizens Question Cause of Cheonan Tragedy
Michael Werbowski
[Opinion] Democracy's Downfall
Michael Solis
Arizona's Immigration Bill and Korea
Yehonathan Tommer
Assassination in Dubai
[ESL/EFL Podcast] Saying No
Seventeenth in a series of English language lessons from Jennifer Lebedev...
  [ESL/EFL] Talking About Change
  [ESL/ EFL Podcast] Personal Finances
  [ESL/EFL] Buying and Selling
How worried are you about the H1N1 influenza virus?
  Very worried
  Somewhat worried
  Not yet
  Not at all
    * Vote to see the result.   
  copyright 1999 - 2020 ohmynews all rights reserved. internews@ohmynews.com Tel:+82-2-733-5505,5595(ext.125) Fax:+82-2-733-5011,5077